Avoiding divorce costs has long been one of the reasons couples cite for avoiding marriage. However, it seems broken engagements may face similar consequences legally.
A Georgia appeals court has upheld an earlier ruling ordering a state resident to pay $50,000 to his one-time fiancé for breaking his promise to marry her.
Courthouse News Service (CNS) reports Melissa Cooper sued Christopher Ned Kelley for fraud and breach of promise after their rocky, 10-year relationship ended in 2011.
The couple reportedly had lived together since 2000 and had a child. In 2004, Kelley reportedly gave Cooper a ring, although he later contended during legal proceedings he never conjoined the gesture with the phrase, “Will you marry me?”
“I never initiated the concept of marriage with her, outside of giving her that ring,” Kelley reportedly said during the protracted legal wrangling. “I never said the words ‘will you marry me’ to her.”
Their relationship ended after Cooper discovered that Kelley had twice cheated on her with another woman, according to CNS.
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