Bye-Bye, Leave the Bling?
Congrats! You’re engaged. Until you’re not. Somehow between the magical, perfect day when he or she popped the question, the bling is still blingy, but your partner is purely putrid.
We are not sure how couples go from euphoria to ‘you-suck’ so quickly, but it happens. While the emotional fallout of the wedding no-go is for another post, and we aren’t getting into any ethical issues around whether you should or want to return the rock, we want to know: once he puts a ring on it, is it a case of ‘no-take-backs’ or can your partner legally do a ring recall?
We turned to Attorney Larry Bodine, a well-respected editor for The National Trial Lawyers to ask him about what happens when love becomes a matter of law, even when ‘I Dos’ don’t.
Do You Have to Return the Ring?
It depends on where you live!
Attorney Bodine says, “Who is legally entitled to the ring varies by state law – and no two states handle it quite the same way. The majority of state courts…. have ruled that an engagement ring is a conditional gift, and if the engagement is broken off, the ring must be returned to the giver regardless of what happened.” New York, Pennsylvania and Kansas are examples of states that fall into this category.