Kevin Howard watched his life fall apart when his wife of 12 years divorced him, but an unusual legal claim just landed him a $750,000 judgment.

That is the amount a judge awarded Kevin Howard in an alienation of affection case against a man who stole his wife away from him.

“She had originally told me that she wanted a divorce because I work too much, wasn’t around to be there and I worked too much. I talked about that as part of my mistake in the situation, but it was like a punch in the gut because I thought I had this trust for 12 years and love,” Howard said. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to face, it was like someone calling you and telling you that a family member had tragically died.”

Under the “Alienation of Affection” law existing in six states including North Carolina, Hawaii, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Utah, Kevin Howard was able to sue the man his wife had an affair with.

A private detective discovered his wife had been having an affair with a co-worker, whom he had previously met.

“He came to my house and ate dinner with us. We shared stories, we talked about personal lives,” Howard said.

But the lawsuit wasn’t just about the money, he said.

“I believe in the sanctity of marriage,” he said. “Other families should see what the consequences are to not only breaking the vow to whatever religion you subscribe to, but also your legal responsibilities.”