GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION LAW 2009-400
HOUSE BILL 1110
AN ACT to clarify procedures in civil actions for alienation of affection and criminal conversation.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. Chapter 52 of the General Statutes is amended by adding the following new section to read:
"§ 52‑13. Procedures in causes of action for alienation of affection and criminal conversation.
(a) No act of the defendant shall give rise to a cause of action for alienation of affection or criminal conversation that occurs after the plaintiff and the plaintiff's spouse physically separate with the intent of either the plaintiff or plaintiff's spouse that the physical separation remain permanent.
(b) An action for alienation of affection or criminal conversation shall not be commenced more than three years from the last act of the defendant giving rise to the cause of action.
(c) A person may commence a cause of action for alienation of affection or criminal conversation against a natural person only."
SECTION 2. This act becomes effective October 1, 2009, and applies to actions arising from acts occurring on or after that date.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 23rd day of July, 2009.
s/ Walter H. Dalton
President of the Senate
s/ William L. Wainwright
Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives
s/ Beverly E. Perdue
Approved 2:30 p.m. this 3rd day of August, 2009