A single act of sexual intercourse is generally sufficient to constitute adultery, and a more long-term sexual relationship is sometimes referred to as an affair.Historically, many cultures have considered adultery to be a very serious crime.Thus, the "purity" of the children of a marriage is corrupted, and the inheritance is altered.
tended to adulterate the issue [children] of an innocent husband ...and to expose him to support and provide for another man's [children]".However, irrespective of the stated views of the partners, extra-marital relations could still be considered a crime in some legal jurisdictions which criminalize adultery.In Canada, though the written definition in the Divorce Act refers to extramarital relations with someone of the opposite sex, a British Columbia judge used the Civil Marriage Act in a 2005 case to grant a woman a divorce from her husband who had cheated on her with another man, which the judge felt was equal reasoning to dissolve the union.Adultery (anglicised from Latin adulterium) is extramarital sex that is considered objectionable on social, religious, moral, or legal grounds.
Though what sexual activities constitute adultery varies, as well as the social, religious, and legal consequences, the concept exists in many cultures and is similar in Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.(1) A person is guilty of assault in the fourth degree if, under circumstances not amounting to assault in the first, second, or third degree, or custodial assault, he or she assaults another.(2) Assault in the fourth degree is a gross misdemeanor, except as provided in subsection (3) of this section.Adultery refers to sexual relations which are not officially legitimized; for example it does not refer to having sexual intercourse with multiple partners in the case of polygamy (when a man is married to more than one wife at a time, called polygyny; or when a woman is married to more than one husband at a time, called polyandry).In the traditional English common law, adultery was a felony.Criminal conversation was usually referred to by lawyers as crim.