Alienation of Affection
Most people believe that if someone runs off with a spouse, the only options are to take the law into your own hands or to seek a divorce. However, in Mississippi you have another option.
Also known as Interference with a Marriage Contract, if an outsider destroys your family you could seek financial damages from that person.
The law allowing such legal action dates back to times when a wife was considered the property of a husband. A broken-hearted hubby could go after his wife’s lover — not with a gun, but with the law. Today, it works both ways. A wife can also sue another woman for running off with her husband.
In modern times, juries in Mississippi there have been awards in excess of $1 million on multiple occasions. The suits rarely make it to trial. Usually, just the threat of such a lawsuit is enough for an out-of-court settlement.
“When folks are getting divorced, the threat of having the person’s new boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife dragged into court and the dirty laundry aired … causes enormous pressure,” says Matt Steffey, a law professor at Mississippi College School of Law.
So, the next time a married man or woman glances your way, you might think twice before acting on impulse and frolicking between satin sheets. The scorned spouse could sue you.
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Personal Injury and Death
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White Collar Criminal Defense
Effective representation in a criminal investigation or prosecution requires not only knowledge of criminal statutes and rules, but experience with the offices and agencies that enforce them. It also requires a lawyer who knows how to cooperate effectively, how to mount a vigorous defense and when to do one and not the other.
Lobbying and Consulting
As business becomes more national and international, clients increasingly face complex legal and political issues in more than one jurisdiction, Oliver Diaz knows the system and the people who make it work. He can navigate clients through the complex maze of courtrooms, administrative agencies, and political bodies that often confront businesses on the local, state and national levels.