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Can one sue another person on the grounds of mental distress

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Can one sue another person on the grounds of mental distress in the UK? What evidence would be required to prove this?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 6 months ago.
Can you explain your situation a little more?
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Basically a breakup of a 35 year old relationship when one party feels that there are grounds for suing on the grounds of mental distress over that period of time in light of affairs that the other person has had.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 6 months ago.
No, Im afraid not.Infidelity is not unlawful in the UK and there is no tort that covers it. Therefore there can be no claim in compensation.Mental damage can only be claimed consequent upon something like an assault and that is rare to be wholly honest.Sorry if that is bad news.Can I clarify anything for you?Jo
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
someone who cheats on another over the 35 years and throughout was forgiven, can ruin another person life. This person has decided they no longer wish to be part of the relationship which has had the following consequences for the partner. Loss of two homes which had to be sold. liquidation of joint company and as a result of this loss of employment as the partner was working just for the company whereas the person who has decided they don't want to be in the relationship anymore also has a part time job which he is continuing in and has stated up a new company doing exactly what the joint company did.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 6 months ago.
that is right.Infidelity is a private matter.

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