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Old 05-12-2014, 05:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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breach of promise to marry

Where there was a promise to marry and the man later tells the lady that he has being called into the catholic priesthood. What will be the legal implication.
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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In America there is no consequence you are not required to marry or perform on social promises. You may be required to payback money for a broken promise or obtain a specific piece of property, but requiring specific performance on anything social such as marriage, forcing someone to work, etc cannot be obtained through specific performance.

Here is an article explaining specific performance. http://www.legalmatch.com/law-librar...e-lawyers.html
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Old 09-09-2014, 04:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The above is partially correct, because from what you described, there doesn't seem to be any damages, and you can't force someone to marry someone else.

Again, you did not provide very much information, and this is not intended to be legal advice, but breaching a promise to marry may be actionable. Ultimately, it will depend on the laws of your state. You may be able to find legal help by following the link below and doing case intake.

http://www.legalmatch.com/law-librar...-to-marry.html

Good luck.
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Old 09-10-2014, 04:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Breach of Marriage

An agreement to marry someone is very different that any other contracts that are formed. The reason is because the relationship between the contract makers are different when agreeing to marry than forming a different type of contract for things like goods, employment, or services. In order to recover for a breach of contract regarding a promise to marry- the plaintiff must prove that the had a valid existing contract to get married which was in writing and the plaintiff must have suffered some kind of damages in reliance of the mutual promise.

Courts however have been very reluctant to allow breach of contract for failure to marriage because during the time of marriage can be emotional and personal and many back out of the marriage without any fault.
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