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LIABILITY FOR INFIDELITY. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Imposes civil and criminal liability for infidelity. Defines "infidelity" as voluntary sexual intercourse between one spouse and a third person without other spouse's knowledge and consent. Defines "spouse" as a husband, a wife, or a person cohabiting with member of opposite sex if they hold themselves out to the community as husband and wife. An innocent spouse may recover damages from the unfaithful spouse and the third person for lost wages and expenses due to emotional distress and for lost financial support resulting from abandonment. The court may order a public apology and jail time. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: The measure could result in costs to the state and local governments to process additional court cases and for incarceration in county jails of persons who are ordered to jail by the courts. The magnitude of the costs is unknown, but potentially significant, depending on the number of such cases that are brought to court.
Laura Onate-Palacios, 1415 Custoza Avenue, Rowland Heights, Ca 91748 (323) 730-8860
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Liability For Infidelity. California Initiative 843 (1999).