Should mistresses pay for moral damages?
March 14, 2007 8:20pm CST
I heard this news earlier today. A 44 year old Malaysian woman (mistress) was asked by the court to pay 10,000 (Malaysian Ringit) as moral damages to the wife of her lover. The court ruled that she was the cause of the break up of the marriage. Read the news here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17527435/
• United States
15 Mar 07
I see good, valid points here. I agree that the mistress shousld pay for moral damage to the wife, but what if she didn't know that the man was married? Men and women alike have ways of carrying on a second relationship without the mistress ever knowing of the wife...and in that case it's not fair. In the cases where the mistress is aware, the man is also aware... so what, just because he was married to her he can get away free? He had just as much part in the moral damage if not more than the other woman. To whoever said they should do this in the US, wonderful and true... though I think that we'd have more people in jail for failure to appear or failure to pay fines.. it's just one more thing to run from.
15 Mar 07
I agree with you. For you first point regarding the mistress not knowing tha ther lover is married - what I can say is it is up to the mistress and her lawyer to prove that she is innocent Second point - true the husband should also be obligated with his moral damages. Actually in my point of view he did more emotional damage to his wife than the mistress could have inflicted to the wife. Point three - absolutely right :)
15 Mar 07
Maybe that could compensate the wife. But what about the husband? can he just get away with it? We all know that it takes two to tango. These cannot be done with the other woman alone, the husband has to pay for his infidelity too. (i'm not saying the monetary payment)