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2nd Wives Need to be Nice to 1st Wives

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Or it may cost a bundle.  A jury just awarded a 1st wife $500,000 who sued Alford Patterson’s 2nd wife for “alienation of affection and criminal conversation”.  The alienation of affection is pretty obvious.  The “criminal conversation” I assume refers to the adultery:

The suit states that the Pattersons reared two children and “acquired substantial property and wealth” during their marriage from the mobile home park they owned off U.S. Highway 401 Business in Raeford. It alleges that Basurto met Alford Patterson in 2005 when the Pattersons were selling their business – Basurto’s brother bought part of it – and that they had a not-so-secret affair for several months.

Laura Patterson said in the suit that she was so humiliated that she moved out of her Raeford house to a mobile home in Holden Beach that she and her husband own.

A jury deliberated for 30 minutes Friday before ruling in her favor.

This would have been a good case for my mother to pursue given similar facts but she was too busy suing my father to even think about suing his 2nd wife.

So I guess the moral of the story is that if you are going to steal someone’s spouse, you better be very careful/secretive or have a good attorney.

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned / Nor hell a fury like a woman scornedWilliam Congreve

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