Woman Awarded $50,000 Following Broken Marriage Contract
An appeals court in Georgia has ordered a man to pay his former fiance $50,000 after leaving her for another woman. The decision was made with respect to a few different claims, including fraud and breach of contract to marry.
Initially unbeknownst to the woman, the man had been seeing another woman when he proposed to her with a $10,000 ring. The two moved in together, and at the man's request, she quit her job to focus on raising their children.
When details of the affair emerged, the two agreed remain together after the man promised to stop seeing the woman he was cheating with.
The woman would soon after discovered yet another affair with a different person. Upon confronting her fiance, she was told to take the children and to move out. Her fiance stated that he no longer wanted to go through with the marriage, and that he wanted to be with the new woman he had been cheating with instead.
In response, the woman filed a lawsuit with the Coweta County Superior Court. The court would ultimately award the woman $43,500. The amount was derived from halving value of the couple's home, which was worth approximately $86,000.
Since the two were not officially married, under ordinary circumstances she would not be entitled any percentage of the property since it was registered in the would-be husband's name. The argument was that she deserved the benefits of what would have been a marriage since the couple had been together for 10 years.
The man would be responsible for paying the full amount as well an additional $6,500 to cover her attorney fees regarding the situation for a grand total of $50,000.
In court, the man stated that "it's possible" that he had been seeing another woman both before and after proposing.
In addition to receiving the $50,000, the woman will also receive primary custody of their children. The man will be also paying child support.
The man has not decided whether or not he will be challenging the decision made by the court. His attorney has expressed disappointment in the ruling, stating that "the law is not particularly clear on this issue."
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