Is Adultery A Crime?

oklahoma city divorce lawyerQuestion:

I cheated on my wife. She now wants a divorce and told me she’s going to have the district attorney press charges against me for adultery.

Is adultery a crime? How likely is it that a prosecutor will take the time to pursue charges?


This answer only includes general divorce help for men since I am only licensed to practice in Oklahoma and am thus unable to provide any financial advice on divorce on the laws in other states.

The short answers to your questions are: (1) yes, and: (2) extremely unlikely.

While it is true that adultery is illegal in Oklahoma, it is extremely unlikely that a district attorney would waste the state’s valuable resources and time pursuing the charge.

In fact, the adultery issue came up in a recent hearing before a judge in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, where the opposing party was, by her own admission, committing adultery.

While the judge acknowledged the law, she herself stated: “Good luck trying to find a prosecutor that will prosecute.”

Please understand that my opinions are based upon the limited facts that you provided to me. For a more in depth discussion of fathers rights and legal advice on divorce, I urge you to contact a family law attorney

To set up an appointment with a Cordell & Cordell mens divorce attorney, including Brock Ellis, an Associate Attorney in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, office, please contact Cordell & Cordell.

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