2016 Tennessee Code
Title 36 - Domestic Relations
Chapter 3 - Marriage
Part 1 - License
§ 36-3-107. Waiver of age requirements and waiting period.

TN Code § 36-3-107 (2016) What's This?

(a) (1) (A) Except as provided in subdivision (a)(1)(B), upon good cause, the judge of the probate, juvenile, circuit or chancery court, or county mayor, shall have the power to suspend the three-day period prescribed in § 36-3-104 or in such person's judgment remove the restriction as to age herein set out, and to authorize the county clerk to issue a marriage license regardless of the waiting period or age limit.

(B) (i) In counties having a population of not less than thirty-four thousand eight hundred fifty (34,850) nor more than thirty-five thousand (35,000), according to the 1990 federal census or any subsequent federal census, upon good cause, the judge of the probate, juvenile, circuit or chancery court shall have the power to suspend the three-day period prescribed in § 36-3-104 or in such person's judgment remove the restriction as to age herein set out, and to authorize the county clerk to issue a marriage license regardless of the waiting period or age limit.

(ii) Subdivision (a)(1)(B)(i) is local in effect, and shall have no effect unless it is approved by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the legislative body of any county having a population of not less than thirty four thousand eight hundred fifty (34,850) nor more than thirty five thousand (35,000), according to the 1990 federal census or any subsequent federal census. Its approval or nonapproval shall be proclaimed by the presiding officer of any county subject to this subdivision (a)(1)(B) and certified by the presiding officer to the secretary of state.

(2) (A) In any county with a metropolitan form of government with a population greater than one hundred thousand (100,000) the county clerk shall, upon good cause, have the power to suspend the three-day period prescribed in § 36-3-104.

(B) Subdivision (a)(2)(A) shall be local in effect and shall become effective in a particular county upon a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the county legislative body.

(C) Subdivision (a)(2)(A) does not apply in counties having a population, according to the 1990 federal census or any subsequent federal census, of not less than one hundred three thousand one hundred (103,100) and not more than one hundred three thousand four hundred (103,400).

(b) A petition to a court filed on behalf of an individual under eighteen (18) years of age to waive the age restriction for marriage shall include a statement indicating the filing in any other court of similar petitions requesting such waiver.

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