Jewish Journal


July 23, 2008

The jilted bride



I came across this story today .... talk about a wedding headache!

The jury has awarded a Hall County woman $150,000 after she sued her former fiance for calling their wedding off.

RoseMary Shell sued her ex-fiance, Wayne Gibbs, after he broke off their engagement in 2007.

Shell argued her fiance’s promise of marital bliss amounted to a binding contract. She said she left a high-paying job in Florida to be with Gibbs and she said she has suffered financial losses since their break-up. She also said she has suffered emotionally


So the question is: When one member of a soon-to-be-married couple calls the wedding off, is it a breech of contract? How many men and women who read this blog have been in this position—or know someone who has?

Gibbs testified that he had taken Shell on trips and paid $30,000 of her debt while they were engaged. He said when he found out she had even more debt, he canceled the wedding by leaving Shell a note in their bathroom.

Doesn’t calling the wedding off make more sense emotionally and financially then getting into a marriage and then divorcing?

Although I’m not sure if a bathroom note is better or worse than on “Sex and the City” when Berger broke up with Carrie Bradshaw with a Post-It.

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