Thursday, 10 March 2011


It may no longer be permissible in England and Wales but across the Atlantic in Illinois you can sue for breach of promise to marry.

The latest in the history of complaints filed for such involves two young lawyers in Chicago, who’d fixed their wedding for 21st August 2010. In time honoured tradition, approximately a month before, the groom went with friends to Las Vegas for a stag night or two. As the complaint that has been lodged says: the groom, “believing that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” did not confess upon his return that he had indulged in intimate relations with one Danielle. Perhaps that was hardly surprising because when the bride to be found out she clearly was none too happy and is now suing her ex whom she claims ultimately called off the marriage on 28 July 2010, and the next day blamed her for his indiscretions in Nevada.

In her complaint the would-have-been bride seeks damages of $62,814.71 for her out of pocket and non-refundable expenses in relation to the wedding, reception and honeymoon together with recompense for the intentional infliction of emotional distress. Alleging breach of a fiduciary duty of implied fidelity the claimant asks the court to find that her ex’s behaviour was “extreme and outrageous” causing her to “suffer severe emotional distress.” By way of compensation she asks the court to award damages in excess of Cook County limits together with punitive damages and her legal fees.

I don’t know what the lady’s chances of success are but the claim is larger than many I’ve seen in divorce cases involving adultery. London might be gaining a reputation as the divorce capital of the world but Chicago must take some beating when it comes to compensation for breaking off engagements!


Divorce in Ontario said...

I think $62,814.71 is way overboard in this case. If you and your bride have relatively weak emotional resilience, try to make sure you have strong support in the form of friends, family, or a therapist. You both need to understand what issues act as your “trigger points”.

Jeanna said...

I don't think the cost is overboard if she has already spent it on the wedding that isn't going to happen. Yes, the lawsuit sounds a little crazy... but man, some crap just gets old!!

Divorce Arizona said...

"Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned. Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned."

Thank you Judith.

Perhaps the judge will be so kind as to split the bill down the middle?

Tulsa Divorce Lawyers said...

Judith I think the Illinois court's are opening a can of worms here. Do we really want our court system's being bogged down even more than they already are with cases of 'he said - she said'???

Oklahoma City House Cleaners said...

Bigger is always better in the land of Lincoln.