In North Carolina, Cynthia Shackelford wins her alienation of affection case, and she wins it big. She is now the $9M jilted wife. A Guilford County District Court jury awarded her $9 million from her husband’s mistress after ruling that the other woman ruined their marriage.
Cynthia Shackelford, 60-years-old, was the wife of Allan Shackelford, a Greensboro, North Carolina attorney. He is alleged to have started an affair with Anne Lundquist, the ‘other woman’. The Shackleford’s marriage ended with a separation in April 2005, after the affair started. According to the wife, the couple were still in love before Ms. Lundquist began an affair with her husband. She had given up a teaching career to raise the couple’s two children and support her husband in his career. She said that Lundquist was the dean of campus life at the private Guilford College. She met Allan Shackelford when he provide legal services for the college.
Shackelford sued Lundquist in 2007 and has since moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. Lundquist is now the dean of students at Wells College in New York. She and Allan Shackelford co-authored a book together in 2007.
Mrs. Shackelford attorney’s acknowledge that she may not get the full $9 million she was awarded from her husband’s lover. However, they say that Shackelford wanted to send a message that the sanctity of marriage should be respected.
Only a few states allow spouses to sue over affairs, North Carolina is one of those states.
The $9M jilted wife, Cynthia Shackelford won her alienation of affection case. The monetary damages were for alienation of affections, criminal conversation (a legal term for adultery) and intentionally or recklessly causing severe emotional distress.