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What are the obligations/exceptions woman to return the ring

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What are the obligations/exceptions for a woman to return the ring following the termination of an engagement if the ring was given as a gift on Christmas day, the man did not follow through on promises made when the marriage proposal was accepted, and the man terminated the engagement.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 2 years ago.


I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today.

A Christmas gift is the property of the woman who receives it. Gifts are complete and final when given. An engagement ring is a gift in contemplation of marriage, which means that the gift fails if the engagement does not occur, and the ring must be returned. This is true regardless of who ended things. That's because of the condition attached to the gift - getting married.

When engagement rings are given as part of a special occasion, the judge is going to look at all factors to determine whether this ring was a permanent gift or a conditional gift. Things he might consider are: the value of the ring compared to other gifts given, whether the woman received other Christmas gifts on that day, and whether there was any language suggesting that the man wanted the woman to keep the ring whether she married him or not. The woman does have a stronger claim to keeping the ring if it's presented to her on Christmas Day or her birthday than any other day of the year.

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