Christopher Ned Kelley has been ordered to pay Melissa Cooper for failing to marry her after a decade long relationship.
Kelley and Cooper began a relationship in 2000, they have one child together and Cooper has one child from a previous relationship. Cooper quit her job and became a stay-at-home mom and homemaker believing that Kelley would be the sole breadwinner fore the family.
One would think that all was well in the relationship and marriage was indeed the eventual plan because Kelley purchased Cooper an engagement ring worth an estimated $10K in 2004.
But in 2011,Cooper caught Kelley cheating for at least a second time bringing an end to the relationship. She asked him to leave and then sued him for fraud, finally believing that he never intended on providing her the security that marriage provides, having made promises that he never intended to keep.
Kelley, for his defense claimed that yes, he gave her a ring but "I never said the words 'will you marry me' to her." and also likened the relationship to prostitution, implying that they had a pact and he was merely paying her for sexual services.
The court did not agree.
Article originally published by Dec 7, 2014 Dawn Jones on Allvoices.com