Friday, July 25, 2008

Proposers beware. . . . .

I came across a story today on MSNBC that kind of shocked me. Apparently this week in Florida a jury awarded a jilted bride $150,000 for breach of contract. That's right cold feet could end up costing you big!

This story dates back to 2001 when the couple who were both previously married with grown children started dating. She moved in and supposedly there was an agreement that they would be married upon the jilted bride's youngest son entering college in 2005. When that didn't happen, she moved out and relocated to Pensacola where she began working at an $80k plus job and started dating someone new. Back pops in the ex in October of 2006 asking her to come back to him with a 2 carat ring in tow. So she decides to quit her job and move back. Here's where he said she said comes into play. She says a month after she moved back he leaves her a "Dear Jane" note in the bathroom expressing his desire to postpone the wedding. She stayed a few more months before moving out for good in March of 2007. Well, 3 months later she decides to file suit stating that she had given up a high paying job for him. Now he says that during their reconciliation he footed the bill for several trips, paid her mortgage payments, and also gave her $30k to pay off some bills. Only after learning that she had more debt did he get cold feet.

So here's the question to you, should someone be held responsible for changing their minds when extenuating circumstances come into play? And should that person be held monetarily responsible for that choice? Both parties are grown adults and had no property together. What do you think?

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