Remember that episode of Sex & the City where Jack Berger breaks up with Carrie on a post-it? These days, folks have traded in the sticky notes for Twitter DMs, Facebook inboxes, and text messages, but for one New York man, ending his engagement via SMS cost him $53,000.

According to NBC New York, Louis Billittier Jr. broke off his relationship with his fiancé, Christa Clark, in 2012 by sending her a text message. When Clark asked Billittier, “Your [sic] doing this through a text message???,” the man replied, “Plus you get a $50,000 parting ring. Enough for a down payment on a house.”

Those words apparently sealed his fate. Although Billittier sued his former fiancé, a New York judge ruled ring was no longer a part of the marriage contract that would have normally reverted back to the purchaser, but rather a “parting gift” that Clark could keep.

NBC New York gives more details about the case:

Billittier had sued Clark to get the ring back. But the Buffalo News reports that Judge Russell Buscaglia ruled last week that Clark was entitled to the white gold, 2.97-carat diamond ring or its fair market value.

Billittier, a restaurateur, and Clark, a nail technician, had been engaged 14 months, according to the paper. Billittier called off the wedding when Clark refused to sign a prenuptial agreement.

Although ending a relationship is never easy, perhaps this case will give others pause before breaking up in such an impersonal way.

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  • peter guarino

    He over paid. He should have gone to Jared.

  • BadNewz730

    I can totally imagine how this guy defended himself. He brings in huge cue cards with the word “SARCASM” on it and it’s definition. And at the end the judge holds up a big card with “FAIL” on it.

  • BadNewz730

    I find it interesting when women won’t sign prenups. I haven’t met a woman as of yet that I’d want to marry but when I do I can’t see me doing it without a prenuptial agreement.