Court Fines Man $50,000.00 for Breaking Up With Girlfriend
In an example of Government reaching too far into the lives of private citizens, a man has actually been ordered by a court to pay $50,000.00 to his ex-girlfriend for breaking up with her. Yes, this is a true story! And yes, this happened in America!
Yahoo News reports:
On Dec. 23, 2004, Christopher Ned Kelley, who works in IT, gave Melissa Cooper a ring valued at about $10,000, a court document states; she accepted and the two moved to a new home. Since 2000, Kelly, had lived with Cooper, who also had a child with him, the filing says.
She says she left her job at his request to stay home and raise their child and her child from a previous relationship, according to a court document.
As his defense, Kelley claimed he never asked Cooper to marry him. The couple was merely participating in cohabitation, like tens of thousands of other couples in America, particularly from Generation-X, the first generation in U.S. history to prefer cohabitation in mass numbers over traditional marriage. Many Gen-X’ers have chosen co-habitation over traditional marriage because they watched their parents from the Baby Boomer generation fail miserably at marriage and rack up huge legal expenses to end said failed marriages, while destroying their (the Gen-X kids) lives in the process.
So, it appears that the Government has found a way to weasel into the private lives of those who have done all they could to keep them out. In this case, Yahoo reports that the court has ordered Kelley to pay Cooper $43,500 in damages and attorney fees of $6,500. They are claiming this on “breach of contract” because she says that he said he’d marry her at some point, but did not.
The decision to co-habitate was obviously mutual in this case or it wouldn’t have happened. Any “time away from developing a personal career” or “monies vested in joint property” etc. were personal decisions made by both parties, yet at the time of the break up, the courts decided they’d get involved and say who got what.
But they weren’t married!
The point of this article is to show how over-reaching the courts and the Government have gotten. What about other couples who co-habitate and produce children and then break up and go their separate ways, but who have been living off of welfare and handouts instead of money earned through hard work, such as Kelley? Will the courts order them to repay money to the welfare system?
This story is so wrong on so many levels. What part of our private lives can we keep Government out of? It seems there may be none left.
The couple featured in this story resided in Georgia, a traditionally “states rights” supporting state that wouldn’t have acted in such a fashion a generation ago. It appears nowhere in America is safe from big Government.