Most often as a dedicated New York Divorce Attorney, clients will ask who get’s to keep an engagement ring or wedding ring at the end of a relationship.
- Because it is considered a gift in contemplation of marriage, the engagement ring represents a promise that you will get married.
- When a wedding is called off before it happens, the ring is to be returned.
- If the parties get married, the event they contemplated actually happened, so the ring is the property of the recipient.
- In certain circumstances – such as when the ring is an heirloom of the giver’s family – it would be returned to the giver.
Were you in a relationship and want to know who gets to keep the engagement ring? Contact experienced New York Divorce Attorney Jennifer Sunderlin Morton for guidance.