Heartbalm Statutes Law and Legal Definition

Heartbalm statutes are state laws that abolish the rights of action for monetary damages as solace for the emotional trauma occasioned by a loss of love and relationship. The abolished rights of action include alienation of affections, breach of promise to marry, criminal conversation, and seduction of a person over the legal age of consent. Many states today have enacted Heartbalm statutes primarily because of the highly speculative nature of the injury and the potential for abusive prosecution, as well as the difficulties of determining the cause of a loss.