An engagement ring is a gift "in contemplation of marriage". If the marriage does not occur you are entitled to the return of the ring. This is the general rule, although, there are some rare exceptions that usually do not apply. You may file a civil suit (small claims) requesting the value of the ring $1,700.00.
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It may not be too late to claim your share of the value of the house. Often times couples sign over property for various economic reasons while the divorce is proceeding. Generally, you only give up your right to make a claim for "equitable distribution" if you have signed a marriage settlement agreement or the divorce has been granted by the court. BEWARE: If your name was also on the mortgage to the property, signing the deed to the property over to your wife does not relieve you of your...
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