Is my fiancee required legally to return the engagement ring to me?
Courts are divided as to whetherit is a conditional gift in anticipation of marriage or a completed gift. It is a matter of determination forthe court based on the facts in each case. Some judges will weigh obligations based on who broke off the engagement or the cause of the break. As a general rule an engagement ring is a conditional gift given by one party to the other in anticipation of marriage. If the party who receives the ring breaks off the engagement then the ring would generally go back to the person giving the ring. Once they are married the ring belongs to the recipient and is not considered marital property. If an engagement ring is given on a special occasion or holiday it maybe looked at more as a gift then a conditional gift.