There is controversy among historians as to whether she had actually committed adultery. Legal issues regarding paternity[ edit ] Further information: Some adultery laws differentiate based on the sex of the participants, and as a result such laws are often seen as discriminatory, and in some jurisdictions they have been struck down by courts, usually on the basis that they discriminated against women. You do not have to prove that adultery has taken place if you proceed this way. This is particularly true where a pre-nuptial agreement specifies consequences for adultery. Although this can be a painful realisation for many, it illustrates that England recognises the limits of the law in policing fidelity. Further, adultery can also be an influential factor in reducing a financial settlement upon divorce in the USA. Where adultery is illegal, the punishment varies from fines for example in the US state of Rhode Island  to caning in parts of Asia. Recent News Sunday, 09 April Deniece Lines Following a consultation the government has proposed a change in the fee Public punishment of adulterers in Venice, 17th century Susannah accused of adultery, by Antoine Coypel The term adultery refers to sexual acts between a married person and someone who is not that person's spouse. This email address is being protected from spambots. Polyamory , meaning the practice, desire, or acceptance of intimate relationships that are not exclusive with respect to other sexual or intimate relationships, with knowledge and consent of everyone involved, sometimes involves such marriages. Adultery is 1 of the 5 facts that can be used to issue a divorce petition on the basis that it has caused the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.