Judge Orders Man Who Had Relationship With Married Woman to Pay Her Ex-Husband $8.8 Million
A judge in North Carolina ordered a man who had a relationship with a married woman to pay her now ex-husband almost $9 million after a successful lawsuit.
Keith King of Durham County filed a lawsuit against Francisco Huizar III of San Antonio, Texas, alleging that Huizar ruined his marriage.
King accused Huizar in the civil complaint filed in April 2017 of criminal conversation, alienation of affection, intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other crimes, reported the News & Observer.
North Carolina is one of a handful of states that lets spouses file these types of lawsuits when their spouse has extra marital relations with another person before separation, known as “Alienation of Affection,” according to Montgomery Family Law.
“Alienation of affection allows a spouse to sue a third party for wrongful acts that deprived him or her of the love and affection of his or her spouse. While this tort can be used to sue any third party, including meddling in-laws, it is typically used to sue a spouse’s paramour (extramarital romantic partner),” the law firm’s website stated.
Some of the lawsuits have yielded even more significant damages, such as a $30 million penalty in a 2011 case in Wake County.
According to court documents and testimony, Keith King married Danielle King in April 2010 and had a daughter together who is now five years old.
— Durham Herald-Sun (@TheHerald_Sun) July 27, 2018
King, who is 15 years older than Danielle King, was affected not only by the affair but by an assault by Huizar that cost his business revenue and an employee, since his wife worked for his business.
King’s attorney said her client had to spend more money on household help, child care, and counseling after the events.
He also argued that King was undermined by Huizar, who often rented a room less than a mile from the King family home and surreptitiously met with Danielle King at different locations, including at a spa weekend that was a gift from Keith King for his wife for her birthday, and during a family beach vacation.
But Huizar’s attorney said that Keith King controlled her access to money, made her work without paying her, and often looked through her phone.
“This marriage needed one more blow before it was over,” the attorney, Cheri Patrick, said, reported the News & Observer.
Danielle King told the court she pursued Huizar and that her marriage had been unhappy from the start.
Judge Orlando Hudson agreed with Keith King and awarded him $8.8 million in compensatory and punitive damages, although Huizar is planning an appeal.