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If i dont return an engagement ring because i pawned it,

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If i dont return an engagement ring because i pawned it, what can ex- fiance due legally.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Oops, i did typo, he does NOT know yet. The pawn shop needs me to make a payment to keep it from default, but i dont have the thousand dollars to kerp it in good standing.

I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get. I just ask that you not shoot the messenger.

In Arizona, engagement rings are seen as conditional gifts with no fault considerations. Under this approach, the court does not care who is at fault for the relationship dissolving. As long as the marriage does not take place, ownership of the ring reverts back to the giver of the ring. Even if the giver of the ring is to blame for the relationship ending, they still get the engagement ring back.

So, if you have pawned the ring, they can sue you for the return of the ring or the value.

I am sorry. I wish I could tell you otherwise, but I do not want you blindsided by liability.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Ok, well, i understand. So the value, is that the amount he paid or appraised for

Presumably, the appraised value, but you can present evidence of lower value.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Ok, that makes sense

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Could i file bankruptcy on him?

Yes, that could discharge the debt.

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Ok, thank you !
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