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Topic: Ga. Man Must Pay $50,000 After Breaking Engagement
Posted By: bindy
Subject: Ga. Man Must Pay $50,000 After Breaking Engagement
Date Posted: Dec 07 2013 at 6:32pm

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    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.Ouch

    "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.

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    Kelley appealed the trial court's decision, claiming his promise to marry was part of a "meretricious relationship and therefore not enforceable," a court documents states.

    "We never had very many discussions around marriage. I personally never initiated any conversations around marriage," he said, according to the Georgia appeals court ruling.

    In court proceedings, Cooper also admitted there was a time she had a "relationship" with someone else after the proposal, a court document states.

    In answer to questions that he was seeing another woman three months before and after the" rel="nofollow - proposal , Kelley testified, "It's possible."

    "Throughout our ten-year relationship, there will be very emotional times and you will do things that doesn't necessarily represent, you know, the actuality of life," he said in court, the document states.

    But the Court of Appeals of Georgia ruled on Nov. 22 to uphold the trial court's decision, saying the promise to marry is enforceable and the fact that the couple lived together before and after the marriage proposal is only collateral to the promise to marry.

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    Mark Mitchell, attorney for Kelley, said they were disappointed with the ruling and that he and his client are undecided whether to appeal this decision to the Georgia Supreme Court. Kelley declined to comment.

    "The ruling and the fact that the court of appeals was divided on the issue certainly indicates the law is not particularly clear on this issue," Mitchell said.

    Jason Smith, attorney for Cooper, said Georgia lawmakers should re-enact common law marriage in the state to prevent legal wrangling like this.

    "By law the marriage doesn't exist, but for practical purposes, it's a marriage," Smith said. "They were together for 10 years. They acquired property together."

    Kelley claimed, "I never initiated the concept of marriage with her, outside of giving her that ring," according to the court filing.

    Smith said he believes the trial judge's monetary award was derived from about half the value of the home that Kelley purchased, which was worth around $86,000.

    The mortgage deed was in Kelley's name, but because they were not married, she was not permitted to petition a court to award her the home on a temporary or permanent basis, which she could have done if they were married.

    Cooper claimed their agreement was that she would stay home with their child so they would not incur daycare charges and that he could continue working and be in a position to buy their home.

    "I always say stay-at-home moms work harder than any of us," Smith said of his client. "She worked hard for the joint family enterprise, which is what Georgia law calls it."

    Smith said his client plans to use part of the $50,000 judgment to purchase a home for she and her two children. She has primary physical custody over their child and he pays her child support." rel="nofollow -

Posted By: Tbaby
Date Posted: Dec 07 2013 at 6:46pm

She had a ring on it and steel didn't get married lol

Posted By: Gkisses
Date Posted: Dec 07 2013 at 7:15pm
If they were blk I think this thread would have done numbers... but who knows its still early. ... shes dumb and hes dumber ...meh

Posted By: Luv2Teach
Date Posted: Dec 07 2013 at 7:28pm state....

Posted By: blaquefoxx
Date Posted: Dec 07 2013 at 7:29pm
Who the hell makes up these rules lmao

Posted By: BBpants
Date Posted: Dec 07 2013 at 7:33pm
Take all his moneyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!

Posted By: mizzsandra00
Date Posted: Dec 07 2013 at 7:39pm
Originally posted by BBpants BBpants wrote:

Take all his moneyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!

This....not shall be given......noooooooo fuuuuuuuuukcs

Posted By: liesnalibis
Date Posted: Dec 07 2013 at 7:44pm
White womens got protections...

Posted By: maysay1
Date Posted: Dec 07 2013 at 7:50pm
Judge judy would've told them if you want the protections of marriage then get married.

I don't know how women nowadays can be so damn dumb. Couldn't be me. She doesn't deserve it but oh well...white women always win.

Posted By: liesnalibis
Date Posted: Dec 07 2013 at 7:52pm
I'm pretty sure the kid has a right to stay at the house.

If she leaves with the kids, he'd prob have to pay for both of them.

Posted By: newin2009
Date Posted: Dec 07 2013 at 7:53pm
Wow. Sucks to be him and the new chick too. He doesn't sound like the faithful type.

Posted By: patternsandtexture
Date Posted: Dec 07 2013 at 8:00pm
She ain't got the ring and I don't think Georgia has common law marriage. Yeah, she got screwed, but I think he is gonna win.

Posted By: Gkisses
Date Posted: Dec 07 2013 at 8:08pm
She screwed herself by quitting her job,getting knocked up and moving in with him prior to getting that shh in writing even if she gets the 50K she losing. He was a dumbazz for allowing it knowing he wanted to fugg others... There are no winners in this story. 

Posted By: slayfresh
Date Posted: Dec 07 2013 at 8:35pm

Posted By: thewonderfulwa
Date Posted: Dec 07 2013 at 8:39pm
She stuck around to long.

Posted By: Bored w/Out Me?
Date Posted: Dec 07 2013 at 8:50pm
To be a yt and entitled in gotta love it

Posted By: rickysrose
Date Posted: Dec 07 2013 at 9:02pm
so what did he think the ring meant ... he made empty promises, she believed them

he'll pay

now he should move into a bachelor pad and have a maid come in once a week

and stop making empty promises and trollop away his youth and health

Posted By: SN2BPHD
Date Posted: Dec 07 2013 at 9:02pm
He said that he never asked her to marry him but have her a $10,000 wedding ring? That's the best he came up with?

Posted By: GG
Date Posted: Dec 07 2013 at 9:03pm
I can't get over how overwhelmingly mediocre they are.

Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: Dec 08 2013 at 1:23pm
Thumbs Up

Posted By: BBpants
Date Posted: Dec 08 2013 at 1:31pm
Originally posted by GG GG wrote:

I can't get over how overwhelmingly mediocre they are.

Most white people are mediocre looking lol

Posted By: Naturalchick30
Date Posted: Dec 08 2013 at 1:52pm

Posted By: Yardgirl
Date Posted: Dec 08 2013 at 2:53pm
Originally posted by PurplePhase PurplePhase wrote:

Thumbs Up

Most predictable post in this thread LOLLOLThumbs Up

Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: Dec 08 2013 at 3:01pm
^^do I even need to post anymore? lol

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