What is considered adultery in Louisiana?

Posted by Aaron D. Lawrence | Jan 29, 2023 | 0 Comments

Adultery is not defined in the Civil Code or any other body of law in Louisiana. However, courts have generally defined adultery as sexual intercourse occurring during the marriage between a spouse and non-spouse. The traditional definition has been expanded to include oral sex and repeated sexual contact between a spouse and non-spouse. The key is there must be some sort of sexual, intimate contact or touching. Generally, “sexting,” transmission of intimate photos or messages, and flirting do not constitute adultery; however, those acts may be circumstantial evidence of adultery.

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Aaron D. Lawrence

Aaron is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Attorney in Ruston, Louisiana. He received his Juris Doctor and Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He received his Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from the University of North Tex...


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