Is adultery against the law in the US?
The United States is one of few industrialized countries to have laws criminalizing adultery. Adultery remains a criminal offense in 21 states, although prosecutions are rare.
What happens if you can prove adultery?
Adultery is when a spouse has a sexual relationship outside the marriage. Proof of adultery may change the amount of child support and alimony a spouse receives. The spouse who was not at fault may also receive more of the household property in the divorce settlement.
What is the adultery law?
Most states with an adultery law define the act of cheating as sexual intercourse between a married person and a person other than their spouse, but the punishments for this act vary greatly depending on the location.
What was the punishment for adultery in the 1600s?
Leviticus 20:10 reads, "the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death." Here again, the laws of Plymouth reflect an ideal set forth as the law of God — adultery was punishable by death.