A report on Divorce and Adultery

"Just Divorced!" hand-written on an automobile's rear window.
Public punishment of adulterers in Venice, 17th century
Roman married couple.
Susannah accused of adultery, by Antoine Coypel
Henry VIII of England broke with the Catholic Church in order to obtain an annulment.
Anne Boleyn was found guilty of adultery and treason and executed in 1536. There is controversy among historians as to whether she had actually committed adultery.
Joséphine, first wife of Napoleon, obtained the civil dissolution of her marriage under the Napoleonic Code of 1804.
Le supplice des adultères, by Jules Arsène Garnier, showing two adulterers being punished
Marilyn Monroe signing divorce papers with celebrity attorney Jerry Giesler.
Man and woman undergoing public exposure for adultery in Japan, around 1860
'Thou shalt not commit adultery' (Nathan confronts David); bronze bas-relief on the door of the La Madeleine, Paris, Paris.
An Aztec adulterer being stoned to death; Florentine Codex
According to legend, after being accused of adultery, Cunigunde of Luxembourg proved her innocence by walking over red-hot ploughshares.
Joan II of Navarre – her paternity and succession rights were disputed her whole life because her mother Margaret of Burgundy was claimed to have committed adultery.
Inca woman and man to be stoned for adultery, by Huamán Poma
Jesus and the woman taken in adultery by Julius Schnorr von Karolsfeld, 1860, where Jesus said that the man who was without sin should throw the first stone.

However, even in jurisdictions that have decriminalised adultery, it may still have legal consequences, particularly in jurisdictions with fault-based divorce laws, where adultery almost always constitutes a ground for divorce and may be a factor in property settlement, the custody of children, the denial of alimony, etc. Adultery is not a ground for divorce in jurisdictions which have adopted a no-fault divorce model.

- Adultery

Adultery; Extramarital sex; Infidelity – 27%

- Divorce
"Just Divorced!" hand-written on an automobile's rear window.

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Grounds for divorce

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Grounds for divorce are regulations specifying the circumstances under which a person will be granted a divorce.


Divorce law by country

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This article is a general overview of divorce laws around the world.

The breakdown can only be established if one of three grounds hold: adultery, cruelty, and being separated for one year.

Le Get (The Divorce), painting by Moshe Rynecki, c. 1930.

Get (divorce document)

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Le Get (The Divorce), painting by Moshe Rynecki, c. 1930.
Postcard illustrating a divorce procedure, Jewish Museum of Switzerland

A get or gett (גט, plural gittin גטין) is a document in Jewish religious law which effectuates a divorce between a Jewish couple.

The effect of the get is to free the woman from the marriage, and consequently she is free to marry another and that the laws of adultery no longer apply.