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Nix v. Cantrell (In re J.M.N.)

Court of Appeals of Tennessee
No. W2007-00615-COA-R3-JV (Tenn. Ct. App. 2008)


Facts

Jerry Nix (father) (plaintiff) and Amy Cantrell (mother) (defendant) were married and later divorced. They had a daughter, Jacy Marie Nix (Jacy). The father had custody of Jacy, while the mother, who had a history of mental illness, had visitation rights. When Jacy was 14 years old, the mother took Jacy and Jacy’s 18-year-old boyfriend to the Juvenile Court for McNairy County without the father’s knowledge to get married. In Tennessee, individuals could not get married without parental consent until they were 18 years old. Jacy’s mother signed a consent form for the marriage. The juvenile court then issued an order waiving the marriage-age restriction and authorizing the county clerk to issue Jacy and her boyfriend a marriage license. Jacy and her boyfriend took the court order to the clerk’s office and were married. The mother then informed the father of Jacy’s marriage. The father filed a motion in juvenile court to set aside the court’s previous order. The juvenile court set aside its prior order and declared Jacy’s marriage void. The mother appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Kirby, J.)

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