2010 Tennessee Code
Title 31 - Descent And Distribution
Chapter 1 - General Provisions
31-1-102 - Effect of divorce, annulment, and decree of separation.

31-1-102. Effect of divorce, annulment, and decree of separation.

(a)  A person who is divorced from the decedent or whose marriage to the decedent has been annulled is not a surviving spouse unless, by virtue of a subsequent marriage, the person is married to the decedent at the time of death. A decree of separation that does not terminate the status of husband and wife is not a divorce for purposes of this section.

(b)  For purposes of this title, a surviving spouse does not include:

     (1)  A person who obtains or consents to a final decree or judgment of divorce from the decedent or an annulment of their marriage, which decree or judgment is not recognized as valid in this state, unless they subsequently participate in a marriage ceremony purporting to marry each to the other, or subsequently live together as husband and wife;

     (2)  A person who, following a valid or invalid decree or judgment of divorce or annulment obtained by the decedent, participates in a marriage ceremony with a third person; or

     (3)  A person who was a party to a valid marital dissolution agreement or a valid proceeding concluded by an order purporting to terminate all marital property rights.

[Acts 1977, ch. 25, § 1; T.C.A., § 31-102; Acts 1987, ch. 390, § 2.]  

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