During the Victorian period, a man could sue his wife’s lover, a person who she had committed adultery with, for trespassing, as a wife was considered property. This practice was known as suing for “criminal conversation”. George Norton sued his wife Carloine’s lover William Melbourne, which was an enormous scandal during the period. Melbourne would later go on to become the prime minister of England. Melbourne was found not guilty, but Caroline was denied of all her possessions as well as the a...
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