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Tennessee Code 36-3-108

Forced marriage prohibited — Civil action.

(a) Marriage, at any age, that is entered into without valid, freely-given consent from both parties is contrary to the public policy of this state and shall be void and unenforceable in this state. (b) A person who is forced, whether by violence, threats, or coercion, to marry another shall have a cause of action against any party who forced the person to marry. A claim under this section shall not be based on parental or familial guidance motivated by the person's best interest, which is expressed in a reasonable manner. (c) Damages for a claim under this section shall include: (1) Liquidated damages of two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000); (2) Reasonable attorneys' fees; and (3) Court costs. (d) Upon a finding of forced marriage, the court shall order the marriage in question void. (e) Notwithstanding § 28-3-104, an action under this section must be commenced within ten (10) years after the cause of action accrues by solemnization of marriage.

Acts 2018, ch. 1049, § 8.


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