Ga. Man Must Pay $50,000 After Breaking Engagement to Fiancee, Appeals Court Says

Smith said he believes the trial judge's monetary award was derived from about half the value of the home that Kelley purchased, which was worth around $86,000.

The mortgage deed was in Kelley's name, but because they were not married, she was not permitted to petition a court to award her the home on a temporary or permanent basis, which she could have done if they were married.

Cooper claimed their agreement was that she would stay home with their child so they would not incur daycare charges and that he could continue working and be in a position to buy their home.

"I always say stay-at-home moms work harder than any of us," Smith said of his client. "She worked hard for the joint family enterprise, which is what Georgia law calls it."

Smith said his client plans to use part of the $50,000 judgment to purchase a home for she and her two children. Kelley pays Cooper in child support, while she has primary physical custody over their child.

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