Court: Man Who Cheated On Fiancée Must Pay Her $50,000

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A Georgia man who cheated on his fiancée must pay her $50,000 for breach of promise, Courthousenews.com reports..

Melissa Cooper and Christopher Ned Kelley had a child together in 2000. In 2004, Kelley proposed and gave Cooper a ring valued at approximately $10,000.

Cooper then discovered that Kelley cheated on her with a woman he was seeing before he proposed to her. Cooper took Kelley back when he promised he would be faithful to her.

But Cooper was forced to face reality when she learned Kelley was seeing another woman in 2011.

Cooper ordered Kelley to move out and take their child and another child from a previous relationship with him.

Cooper sued Kelley for fraud and breach of promise. The trial court ruled in Cooper’s favor, awarding damages and attorneys’ fees totaling $50,000.

Kelley appealed the ruling on the grounds that they lived together in a sexual union as part of a “meretricious relationship.”

A meretricious relationship is a financial agreement to cohabit in exchange for sexual services.

Kelley argued that he “never initiated the concept of marriage with her, outside of giving her that ring” and “I never said the words ‘will you marry me’ to her.”

But the state Court of Appeals upheld the decision in favor of Cooper.

Judge Elizabeth Branch wrote for the majority:

“Kelley has not cited any cases, nor has our research uncovered one, where the meretricious relationship defense was asserted or upheld in response to a claim of breach of promise to marry,” she added. “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.”

On the issue of fraud, the court ruled that, by Kelley’s own admission, he never intended to marry her. Like most men, Kelley was simply using Cooper to cook, clean and babysit his children, while he sowed his wild oats around town.

“This testimony, when juxtaposed with Cooper’s testimony about the proposal and her acceptance, can be construed as an admission that Kelley never intended to marry Cooper,” Branch wrote.

The court also upheld the damages that were awarded to Cooper for loss of income due to stress.

“Cooper testified that she was devastated by Kelley’s fraud and breach of promise to marry and that she quit her job to raise the couple’s children in reliance on the promise,” Branch wrote.

But it wasn’t a total loss for Kelley. Two judges — both men — gave dissenting opinions.

“The evidence did not show that Kelley lacked the intent to perform at the time he proposed to Cooper,” Chief Judge Herbert Phipps wrote. “Notably, Cooper admitted that there was a time after the proposal when she too had a ‘relationship’ with someone else. A finding of fraud cannot be sustained upon these facts, and in my view, Kelley is entitled to a new trial on that claim.”

Phipps was joined by Judge John Ellington.

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    36 Responses to “Court: Man Who Cheated On Fiancée Must Pay Her $50,000”

    1. 1
      nybrn2 says:

      Wow!! What happened to just moving on?

    2. 2
      GAGIRL87 says:

      COME ON 4:30 :pray: I’m hanging on by a thread

    3. 3
      IsThisThingOn... says:

      :blink:

      So she put him AND her own child out?

    4. 4
      Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

      Have a great weekend Roses…. I’m gonna give my girls a bath & start dinner & I’m sure ya’ll azzez gon’ be gone by the time I get back :peace:

    5. 5
      free says:

      damn, she threw him and their kid out.

    6. 6
      oohlalalun says:

      She should have never taken him back the first time. I have no sympahty for her.

    7. 7
      WUT IZ REALLY GOING ON? :blink: says:

      Wow… So now the gold diggers are going to use this case for living with ballers getting gifts lavished on them in exchange for their “Favors” and then getting dumped… watch!

    8. 8
      cougar lover says:

      :no: women got the court system wrapped around they fangas. judge mathis would have never gone for this, suing on the basis of a promise not being kept… thee very idea!!

    9. 9
      WUT IZ REALLY GOING ON? :blink: says:

      :bye: DEM BABIES (they are so cayute by the way!)

    10. 10
      Carrington says:

      He deserved to lose $50 g’s for being stupid enough to pay an attorney with THAT defense.

      He would’ve likely had a better outcome had he asked Martin to represent him after he finished fighting his ticket!

    11. 11
      cougar lover says:

      :hi: new momma

    12. 12
      MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba says:

      I end to read this at home. Sounds like she got paid for hoeing
      Whelp. On the way to get the kids and I am not supposed to txt and drive. Oprah will find me :rolleyes:
      :bye: everyone
      And to YOU….. :hugs: and runs off

    13. 13
      gypsyeyes says:

      THAT EPISODE OF MARTIN WAS ONE OF MY FAVES!!!

    14. 14
      cougar lover says:

      welp, this spaghetti aint gone cook itself. Hey WUT, if you want to try out summa this U, you better get hip to my inbox :hi:

    15. 15

      WUT IZ REALLY GOING ON? :blink: says:

      Wow… So now the gold diggers are going to use this case for living with ballers getting gifts lavished on them in exchange for their “Favors” and then getting dumped… watch!

      Palimony is real :tea:
      =====
      :nite: Esq! Tickle them feet for me :wink:

    16. 16
      KayCeiSoul says:

      She obviously had the time, the resources, and the wherewithal to pursue this legally and good for her. If it’s that serious to you, handle that!

      Too many dudes think it’s ok to make promises that can alter a person’ life and then renig.

      I don’t have the time for this type of stuff, however. Just git the fugg on wit’cho lyin’ azz. :coffee:

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    18. 18
      Ni ni says:

      So she put him AND her own child out? by IsThisThingOn… He better be glad he got out of there with both nuts cause it sounds like he pushed her over the edge.

    19. 19
      WUT IZ REALLY GOING ON? :blink: says:

      cougar lover says:

      welp, this spaghetti aint gone cook itself. Hey WUT, if you want to try out summa this U, you better get hip to my inbox :hi:
      ————–
      :shocked: Clutch pearls… sir I NEVAH! Storms off… (looks around to see who watchin)

      PSST… aye cougar…let me holla at you in the corner bruh… :kona: (whats that inbox info again?)

    20. 20
      BigSisterGorgeousOne says:

      Wait she put her own child out????

    21. 21

      BigSisterGorgeousOne says:

      Wait she put her own child out????

      That’s what it says up top, but who knows :shrug:

    22. 22
      WUT IZ REALLY GOING ON? :blink: says:

      :think: Now was it her child AND his child from a previous marriage or her child and her other child from a previous marriage? :shrug: Either way the kids had nothing to do with nothin!

    23. 23

      (looks around to see who watchin)

      :whistle:

    24. 24
      BigSisterGorgeousOne says:

      well I guess I am shocked that she put the children out for some mess that he did @ DTTS

    25. 25
      Who Dat says:

      But Cooper was forced to face reality when she learned Kelley was seeing another woman in 2011.
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      Heaux you shoulda faced reality when he aint bust a move between the years 2001 to 2011. He was just NOT into you. Bye.

    26. 26
      KayCeiSoul says:

      DTTS! Hey BooBoo, whatchu in here instigating? :grin:

    27. 27
      KayCeiSoul says:

      Heaux you shoulda faced reality when he aint bust a move between the years 2001 to 2011. He was just NOT into you. Bye.

      *************************************

      Yeah…you gotta know when to hold ‘em…know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away…and know when to run. :coffee:

    28. 28
      WUT IZ REALLY GOING ON? :blink: says:

      DANG IT WAS SOOOO GOOD KICKIN IT WITH YALL TODAY!!! :hug: love yall! :kiss:

      See yall next go round! :bye:

    29. 29
      WUT IZ REALLY GOING ON? :blink: says:

      Before I leave…

      <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers says:

      (looks around to see who watchin)
      :whistle:
      ——-
      :spank: What I done told you! :lol:

    30. 30

      Kdub, I bean looking for yew! :eek: I gotta kite for you, you still here?

      :2dance: KC

      I know BSGO :wink:

    31. 31

      WUT
      Love you more! :love:
      ^^
      When the boothang says that :nun: <–me :rofl:

    32. 32

      Kdub,
      “Great Recap & #mandinga”

    33. 33

      :violin: <–guitar

      you gotta know when to hold ‘em…know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away…and know when to run
      =======
      KC, I used to watch The Mandrell Sisters yo! :rofl: I love country music :lol:

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    35. 35
      WUT IZ REALLY GOING ON? :blink: says:

      <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers says:

      WUT
      Love you more! :love:
      ^^
      When the boothang says that :nun: <–me :rofl:
      ———
      Dont that make eeerrrrthang tingle when they say that! Okay gone forreal! :bye:

    36. 36
      Who Dat says:

      I love yall. I cant fly the kite today @DTTS. I am going to go drink up ALL of my company wine. Its the free Xmas party. In a bar. In the semi-hood. So…gotta make lemonade out of Riesling. :wave:

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