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Fiancé to pay $50k for 'breaking promise'

09:30 Sun Dec 8 2013
Chloe Ross

A US man is learning the hard way the value of marriage after being ordered to pay $50,000 to his ex for breaking his promise to marry her.

A court ordered Christopher Ned Kelley, of Georgia, compensate his former fiancée, Melissa Cooper, after he was caught cheating for a second time, WSBTV reported.

Kelley popped the question, proposing to Ms Cooper with a ring worth about $10,000 after living in her home for more than a decade, the court heard.

She had quit her job to raise their child, thinking her fiancé would support their new family.

But after discovering that he had cheated on her for at least the second time, she broke off the relationship and sued him for fraud for "breach of promise to marry".

In his defence, Kelley claimed that the promise was not legally binding and that he had merely paid Cooper for sex.

"I never initiated the concept of marriage with her, outside of giving her that ring," he said.

"I never said the words 'Will you marry me?' to her."

The judge ruled in Cooper's favour and Kelley's request to appeal was rejected.