An engagement is an exciting time in a soon-to-be-married couple’s life. The proposal’s been nailed down, both parties are in agreement and the prospect of happily ever after makes the time that much more special. However, sometimes things come to an end before they officially begin, as is the case with broken engagements. When engagements fail, emotions run amuck and turn a once-happy time into a hurtful and puzzling situation. Still, during the process of picking up the pieces and moving on, couples must answer this question: who gets the engagement ring?
The fact of the matter is that there is no set law pertaining to this question, and court decisions can vary from state to state. However, the answer has a lot to do with how courts view the ring.
In a perfect world, the parties involved in a broken engagement would be able to easily decide who gets the engagement ring. If everyone followed “proper” etiquette, the answer to this question could be one of the following:
As you know, we don’t live in a perfect world, and there are many factors that keep the above scenarios from playing out in such a cut-and-dry manner. This being the case, courts oftentimes have to step in and decide who gets the engagement ring.
In the United States, there is no set law that decides to who gets the engagement ring following a breakup. It all depends on how state courts view the ring. Below are a few ways courts can classify engagement rings.
These are just a handful of ways state courts can classify engagement rings. However, there are some other factors to take into consideration:
If you are currently facing a legal issue concerning to who gets to keep the ring after a failed engagement, don’t hesitate to call the family attorneys at Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant at (940) 387-3518, or contact us here. We will be more than happy to schedule a consultation and offer our legal expertise to help you settle your case!
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