In some jurisdictions, individuals may sue for adultery. In fact, they may be able to sue their spouse, as well as the person they committed adultery with. In most cases, individuals may sue for alienation of affection.
In addition to suing for alienation of affection, individuals may find that adultery is grounds for an uncontested divorce. In fact, some jurisdictions award the non cheating spouse with automatic spousal support, because the alienation of affection is treated as the cause of the dissolution of marriage.
However, there are some jurisdictions which do not allow lawsuits for adulterous acts. In addition, some states do not allow adulterous acts to influence divorce proceedings, including the grounds for divorce or spousal support payments.