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What was the reason for the annulment?
Thank you. I do believe that you would need to return the ring. An engagement ring is not an ordinary gift. An engagement ring is a conditional gift. That is because it is conditioned on you two being married. In this case you were married, and if you merely got a divorce then I'd say that the condition of marriage was met, and the ring is yours. However, an annulment is unique in that it erases the marriage as though it never occurred. Furthermore, the fact that your ex was able to blame you for the breakup by claiming fraud indicates that he'd have a good argument to keep the ring. He could argue that he was fraudulently induced to marry you, and that he wouldn't have done so had he known about the debt.
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