The Price of Bliss: $150K


A jury has awarded a Georgia woman $150,000 after she sued her former fiance for canceling their wedding. The jilted bride, RoseMary Shell, argued that her fiance’s “promise of marital bliss amounted to a binding contract,” adding that she left a high-paying job in Florida to be with him and has “suffered financial losses since their break-up.”

The fiance, Wayne Gibbs, explained that he had already laid out $30,000 to pay off certain of Shell’s debts when they were engaged, and when he found out she had even more debt, he did what any loving life-partner-to-be would do and left her a note in their bathroom telling her the wedding was off. “People shouldn’t be allowed to do that,” Shell explained, adding, “hopefully he’ll think twice before he does it to someone else.”

Legal analysts have agreed that Shell had every reason to be upset by Gibbs’s actions, but have advised her to keep in mind as she gets back on that dating horse that, from a legal perspective at least, a promise of “marital bliss” from the kind of guy who would break up with you by leaving a note in your toilet may not be the strongest form of consideration in future romantic contracts. | WSB-TV

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1 Comment

  1. Chris

    July 31, 2008 at 4:15 am

    “Martial Bliss”?

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