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Adultery often incurred severe punishment, usually for the woman and sometimes for the man, with penalties including capital punishment, mutilation, or torture.
Such punishments have gradually fallen into disfavor, especially in Western countries from the 19th century.
Adultery is not a ground for divorce in jurisdictions which have adopted a no-fault divorce model.
In some societies and among certain religious adherents, adultery may affect the social status of those involved, and may result in social ostracism.
Criminal conversation was usually referred to by lawyers as crim.
con., and was abolished in England in 1857, and the Republic of Ireland in 1976.
Extramarital sexual acts not fitting this definition are not "adultery" though they may constitute "unreasonable behavior", also a ground of divorce.
and to expose him to support and provide for another man's [children]".In most Western countries, adultery itself is no longer a criminal offense, but may still have legal consequences, particularly in divorce cases.For example, in fault-based family law jurisdictions, adultery almost always constitutes a ground for divorce and may be a factor in property settlement, the custody of children, the denial of alimony, etc.Although the legal definition of adultery differs in nearly every legal system, the common theme is sexual relations outside of marriage, in one form or another.Traditionally, many cultures, particularly Latin American ones, had strong double standards regarding male and female adultery, with the latter being seen as a much more serious violation.