After Broken Engagement, Woman Sues Cheating Ex For $50,000 For “Breach Of Promise To Marry” And Wins
In “in case you missed it news, ” a two-timing cheater has to pay up big time after it was ruled in a Georgia trial court that the guy cheated on his former fiancée more than once. This infidelity helped to ruin their relationship, a major issue for the woman after she quit her job to raise their kids as a housewife after he proposed to her. He tried to appeal the ruling, but once again, was most recently shut down by the court of appeals in late November. I know what you’re thinking: How is this possible? Here’s how things went down:
According to Time, the man, Christopher Ned Kelly, and the ex-fiancée, Melissa Cooper, lived together for more than 10 years, and in that time, the couple had a child, and he proposed to Cooper. Not only did the couple have a child together, but according to the Daily Mail, Kelly also had a child from a previous relationship living with them. With these new responsibilities on her plate, Cooper made the decision to quit her job to become a housewife. Because she already had a reported $10,000 engagement ring on her finger, she made the decision based on the “promise” that she was going to be Kelly’s wife, which I guess comes with the ring.
Unfortunately for Cooper, Kelly cheated on her–once before the engagement, and another time after popping the question and her leaving her job and everything else behind. After finding out for the second time that he was stepping out on her, their relationship fell apart. It’s unclear who ended things and moved out (there are conflicting reports about that aspect), but a pissed off Cooper went on to sue for Cooper for fraud and breach of promise.
To defend himself, Kelly claimed in his testimony that despite giving her an engagement ring, he never promised to marry Cooper at all.
“I never initiated the concept of marriage with her, outside of giving her that ring. I never said the words ‘will you marry me’ to her.”
To make things worse, he tried to compare their relationship to that of a prostitute. Basically, because he didn’t tie the knot with her and she was living with him, having sexual relations with him, it was more of a deal to him than an engagement. Ouch. But the state court of appeals didn’t buy what he was selling and once again ruled in the favor of Cooper for breach of promise to marry, but not for fraud (because Cooper actually admitted to having a relationship with someone else after their proposal too!). As Judge Elizabeth Banks put it:
“We therefore conclude that the fact that the parties lived together both before and after the marriage proposal is only collateral to the promise to marry.”
The court upheld the $50,000 in damages Cooper asked for, and Kelly was ordered to pay attorney’s fees.