Adultery is illegal, but can only be punished upon a complaint by the affected husband or wife.

750.30 Adultery; punishment.
Sec. 30.

Punishment. Any person who shall commit adultery shall be guilty of a felony; and when the crime is committed between a married woman and a man who is unmarried, the man shall be guilty of adultery, and liable to the same punishment.

History: 1931, Act 328, Eff. Sept. 18, 1931 ;–CL 1948, 750.30 .

Former Law: See section 1 of Ch. 150 of R.S. 1846, being CL 1857, § 5856; How., § 9277; CL 1897, § 11688; CL 1915, § 15462; and CL 1929, § 16817.

750.31 Adultery; complaint and time of prosecution.
Sec. 31.

Complainant and time prosecution to be commenced. No prosecution for adultery, under the preceding section, shall be commenced, but on the complaint of the husband or wife; and no such prosecution shall be commenced after 1 year from the time of committing the offense.

History: 1931, Act 328, Eff. Sept. 18, 1931 ;–CL 1948, 750.31 .

Former Law: See section 3 of Ch. 158 of R.S. 1846, being CL 1857, § 5858; CL 1871, § 7693; How., § 9279; CL 1897, § 11690; CL 1915, § 15464; and CL 1929, § 16819.

  • Ammy

    if you think about it, its a very helful law. If you have someone that commited adultery and the person that they did it with only did it to tell on them and hurt them the plan has been foiled. She has no right to whine about it, she ot he was married to them first and if he/she did it with you (commited adultery) your the one being used. only the wife or husband should have the right to wine about it, only if there hearts dont have the place to forgive he/she.

  • Frank T

    Well, If I think about it, the Wife has a chain around the neck of the males for a whole year! Doesn’t sound too comfortable since the Woman isn’t subject to the same punishment.