Long ago, a promise to marry someone acted just like any other binding contract. That meant that if a person did not follow through with their promise to marry another, they could be sued because they were in breach. Law suits over a broken promise to marry usually focused on three areas:
In some states, these laws focus on criminal conversion or alienation of affection. However, many courts began to disfavor awarding another person for a broken promise to marry them. As a result, many states passed "Heart Balm" laws, which abolished the ability to sue for a breach of a promise to marry.
Not all states have Heart Balm laws, but the following states do have laws that abolish the ability to sue for a breach of a promise to marry:
If you think you are entitled to compensation because of a broken promise to marry, or are being sued over a broken promise to marry, it would be wise to contact a family law attorney. Only they will be able to explain the issue to you and help protect your rights.
Last Modified: 05-22-2018 06:22 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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