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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