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    Re: Ga. Man Must Pay $50,000 After Breaking Engagement to Fiancee, Appeals Court Says

    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Seward View Post
    At first blush I thought you gotta be kidding. However upon reading into the matter and given the fraud committed here, plus the fact the woman quit her job and then was asked to move out of the home they shared by the philandering fiancee? I'm less inclined to be shocked at the verdict though not sure how I feel about the legality of it. In any case the man's excuse is just stupid.

    Ga. Man Must Pay $50,000 After Breaking Engagement to Fiancee, Appeals Court Says - Yahoo


    A Georgia man is undecided about whether to challenge a state appeals court's decision that he must pay his jilted former fiancée $50,000, his lawyer says.

    Accused of breach of promise to marry, part of his defense was that he never said the words, "Will you marry me?" to her, the court filing states.

    On Dec. 23, 2004, Christopher Ned Kelley, who works in IT, gave Melissa Cooper a ring valued at about $10,000, a court document states; she accepted and the two moved to a new home. Since 2000, Kelly, had lived with Cooper, who also had a child with him, the filing says.

    She says she left her job at his request to stay home and raise their child and her child from a previous relationship, according to a court document.

    But after the proposal, she learned that Kelley had been in a two-year relationship with another woman that began before the proposal. After Cooper confronted him, she agreed to stay with him "because of his pledges not to see the other woman again and his promises thereafter to marry Cooper," the court document states.

    But in April 2011, when Cooper confronted him about a relationship with yet another woman, he told her that he wanted to be with that woman and that Cooper and the children should move out.

    "Cooper was 'devastated' by this development," the court document stated.

    In response, Cooper filed a lawsuit for a number of claims, including fraud and breach of contract to marry. The Coweta County Superior Court awarded her $43,500 and attorney fees of $6,500.
    Oh, he's a total scumbag. I really don't care how badly he gets screwed.

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    Re: Ga. Man Must Pay $50,000 After Breaking Engagement to Fiancee, Appeals Court Says

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    In our legal system, a promise becomes an enforceable contract when one relies on it to their detriment.
    Well, apparently not always, going by the precedent case above. But even if that were universally the case, I mean, how far do you wanna take this?

    If someone owes me money, verbally promises to pay by X time, I just spend all my income assuming they'll pay, and then they don't pay, do I get to sue them for my late fees on my rent...

    Or am I just stupid with my money and should probably know better?

    Besides that, whose word do we believe? His or hers?

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    Re: Ga. Man Must Pay $50,000 After Breaking Engagement to Fiancee, Appeals Court Says

    Breach to promise to marry? WTF is that? How in the hell do they prove that anyway?

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    Re: Ga. Man Must Pay $50,000 After Breaking Engagement to Fiancee, Appeals Court Says

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    In our legal system, a promise becomes an enforceable contract when one relies on it to their financial detriment.
    Id like to point out that most of the award was meant to compensate for her share of the house they bought together. It was not meant as compensation for breaking his promise to marry her.

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    Re: Ga. Man Must Pay $50,000 After Breaking Engagement to Fiancee, Appeals Court Says

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    Breach to promise to marry? WTF is that?
    That's been around forever. Do you think it's right that a couple get engaged, set a wedding date, plan their wedding, one of them puts down deposits all over hell and gone for their big day . . . and then the other cancels and thinks they ought to just walk away?

    I don't.

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    Re: Ga. Man Must Pay $50,000 After Breaking Engagement to Fiancee, Appeals Court Says

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    That's been around forever. Do you think it's right that a couple get engaged, set a wedding date, plan their wedding, one of them puts down deposits all over hell and gone for their big day . . . and then the other cancels and thinks they ought to just walk away?

    I don't.
    I do.

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    Re: Ga. Man Must Pay $50,000 After Breaking Engagement to Fiancee, Appeals Court Says

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    That's been around forever. Do you think it's right that a couple get engaged, set a wedding date, plan their wedding, one of them puts down deposits all over hell and gone for their big day . . . and then the other cancels and thinks they ought to just walk away?

    I don't.
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    I do.
    So do I.

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    Re: Ga. Man Must Pay $50,000 After Breaking Engagement to Fiancee, Appeals Court Says

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    I do.
    You're not only morally wrong, but legally as well.

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    Re: Ga. Man Must Pay $50,000 After Breaking Engagement to Fiancee, Appeals Court Says

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    You're not only morally wrong, but legally as well.
    He didn't say it was morally right for someone to do that. But that's rather different from being able to sue them.

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    Re: Ga. Man Must Pay $50,000 After Breaking Engagement to Fiancee, Appeals Court Says

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    That's been around forever. Do you think it's right that a couple get engaged, set a wedding date, plan their wedding, one of them puts down deposits all over hell and gone for their big day . . . and then the other cancels and thinks they ought to just walk away?

    I don't.
    I could get behind that if it could be plausibly demonstrated that the one being walked out on had done something horrible or kept particularly important information from the other, like being married already or being on the run from the mob. Otherwise I'm with you on this.

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