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Do i have to give my engagement ring back to my boyfriend if he is the one that broke up with me?

Jacksonville, FL |
Filed under: Marriage

My boyfriend moved out of my house after 3 years of being engaged and broke up with me. Now he wants my ring back. Can I legally keep it.

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"...In the absence of a contrary expression of intent, it is logical that engagement rings should be considered, by their very nature, conditional gifts given in contemplation of marriage. Once it is established the ring is an engagement ring, it is a conditional gift. "
Kansas Heiman v. Parrish, 262 Kan. 926, 942 P.2d 631, 634 (1997).

http://www.kscourts.org/Cases-and-Opinions/opinions/supct/1997/19970724/77150.htm

Other courts have reached a similar conclusion on the conditional gift concept.

Florida See Gill v. Shively, 320 So. 2d 415 (Fla. Dist. App. 1975);
California See Simonian v. Donoian, 96 Cal. App. 2d 259, 215 P.2d 119 (1950);
Connecticutt See White v. Finch, 3 Conn. Cir. Ct. 138, 209 A.2d 199 (1964);
Illinois See Vann v. Vehrs, 260 Ill. App. 3d 648, 633 N.E.2d 102 (1994);

Check with a lawyer in your locale to discuss more of the details. The law changes constantly.

Good luck to you.

God bless.

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