Heartbreak’s Revenge

When George Berg’s wife, Sandra, began spending three nights a week studying for an MBA, he didn’t mind. But when the manager of the family’s Myrtle Beach time share called two years ago to say someone left behind a Blockbuster video card–during a weekend when Sandra was supposed to be away at a company event with their son–George got suspicious. Asking his 5-year-old about the trip, he made a heartbreaking discovery. “I asked him. ‘You went with Mommy’s [female] boss?’ He said ‘No, I went with Mommy’s gay friend from work’.”Using an arcane North Carolina law on “alienation of affection,” Berg filed suit not against his ex-wife (they divorced earlier this year) but against the other adulterer. In August, they settled for more than $150,000, and in January Berg will begin receiving monthly checks.While most states have for years been making it easier to get divorced by removing “fault” requirements like adultery, a few states have held on to “heart balm” statutes that allow people…

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