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Breach of Promise Questions

Breach of promise is generally an action allowing a person to sue another for withdrawing from an engagement. Breach of promise used to be a very common action used in many countries around the world, the law is now considered a tool used in a past era, outdated and basically obsolete. However, there are still some jurisdictions that acknowledge that ending an engagement after promises or assumptions have been pronounced, grounds for legal action if the affected party wishes to seek legal recourse. Below are a few of the more commonly asked questions regarding breach of promises that have been answered by Experts.

I am in the army and provide support for my girlfriend and her two kids. I put $1,500 down payment on a new car and brought two computers and paid half the rent. Now she is telling me that she is getting married. Can I get the money back that I have spent? We live in Texas.

Under Texas law, you may be able to sue your girlfriend for breach of promise if you were providing support for her and her children based on the promise of marriage. However, you will have to show proof that you were providing for the girlfriend and her children under the assumption that eventually your girlfriend and you would wed. It is hard to determine the outcome of a lawsuit based on the information you have provided. More than likely, the girlfriend would say that your payments were gifts during your relationship while you will say your payments were made upon the assumption that she would someday be your wife. You may want to consider stopping any payments to her now and leave while you are financially ahead. The cost of a lawsuit may cost more than the money that you have already spent on the girlfriend.

I'm currently in a legal matter that I filed breach of contract (to marry) for the return of an engagement ring and/or $10,000 ring value in Arizona. My ex-girlfriend is saying that she doesn't have to return the ring because I passed the statute of limitations for breach of contract of one year. What can I do?

Your ex-girlfriend is wrong about the statute of limitations. The Arizona statute of limitations for a breach of contract is actually 6 years. If you haven't exceeded the 6 year window, you still have time to sue. Your ex-girlfriend may be trying to stall you with the reasons that she shouldn't return the engagement ring or give you the monetary value of the ring. While your ex-girlfriend can give as many reasons for not returning the ring as she likes, the court will determine whether or not the ring should be returned and usually rules in favor of the donor (you). Your defense would be that you gave the engagement ring under the impression that your ex-girlfriend would one day be your wife, when that didn't happen, the ring should be returned. The court will have to determine if there was a breach of promise and it will rule accordingly.

Can a breach of contract or breach of promise be filed against a land lord? My landlord promised me in writing that I would be able to live in a home during the auction of foreclosure if I agreed to help show the home. Before I could help show the home she gave me a 3 day eviction notice.

You may not have a valid contract with the landlord based on the way your contract was laid out. In order for a contract to be valid, there first needs to be an offer, then an acceptance and an exchange of goods/services. Neither party actually did anything aside from making promises to perform in the future. The landlord promised to let you remain in your house, in return, you promised to assist her in showing the home. When you never began to perform on your promise, your part of the agreement was never validated, therefore your landlord could argue that the contract never became an active agreement.

A breach of promise may end up in a lawsuit for many people. Many people are unaware of the legal ramifications of a breach of promise. To clarify your doubts, you should ask an Expert to offer legal insight to the ins and outs of breach of promise, while assisting you in finding the best solution for your individual situation.

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    I have been involved with a married man for about 7 years now and he has promised that when he and his wife divorced we would then be together. I have waited for only that reason. In the past year this mans wife who was a Doctor has passed away. He still said he wanted to marry and be with me. Recently I learned that he is now seeing another Doctor who is single and has begun to see her regularly, and is now moving in with her. And just kicked me to the curb. I cannot keep him in the fashion he is accustomed to. All of this time I have supported him in all things, comforted him during his wife's illness. After his wife's passing was when I found out about this new Doctor. They have been on a month long cruise together during an out of town visit of mine to my parents home. If I would have known he would not fulfill his promise to me I would not have waited all this time for him. It is wrong for him to do this to me when I have been there for him at his beck and call all of this time. He has even given me a ring. Now he will not even speak to me. Do I have any recourse against him for Breach of Promise? Thank you Teresa
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    My son was engaged and broke it off in mid Dec. The wedding wasn't until Aug, but the brides family had already put a deposit on things for the reception and had bought things for the wedding. Now that the wedding is no more the brides family has told my son that he is responsible for the cost of the deposits and things for the wedding. Is this true? Nothing was signed it was all verbal.
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    I am in a domestic partner arrangement for about ten years. My domestic partner was assigned a position in Latin America for 7 years. we had been together for two years and after two more years, I moved there also sawing off all employment possibilities. She is very well compensated, and was recalled to Houston 18 months ago. We both think it is time to split. I have no income other than SS payments, and interest on savings. I took care of the homes, did shopping, errands, invested her money, etc etc. Should I not qualify for a modest amount of alimony now?
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