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Heart Balm Actions

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New Hampshire Statutes

The current law in New Hampshire relating to these topics is listed below. RSA 508:11, Breach of Contract to Marry says that a breach of contract to marry shall not constitute an injury or wrong recognized by law. RSA 460:2, Wife's Contracts says in part that no damages shall be allowed to either spouse in any action based on alienation of the affections of the other spouse.  In passing this law, the legislature noted that this previous ability to sue for alienation of affections was a “distasteful cause of action which is most frequently used as coercive pressure to gain an economic advantage in divorce actions."  

New Hampshire Cases

Below are some examples of heart balm actions brought under prior law. 

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