NEWNAN, GA -- More than an act of love and commitment, it's no secret that getting married is also a legal contract. But the proposal of marriage also carries legal weight.
"A breach of promise to marry has been a recognized cause of action in the law in Georgia for many years," said attorney Mark Mitchell of Newnan.
Three years ago in Coweta county, a woman named Melissa Dawn Cooper sued her former boyfriend, Christopher Ned Kelley. The suit claims that the two had "entered into a contract to marry," but that the boyfriend "breached that contract by separating from (Cooper) and carrying on sexual relations with numerous other individuals." The suit against Kelley claimed "breach of contract in failing to marry" Cooper.