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Do I have to give my rings back?

Dallas, TX |
Filed under: Marriage

My soon to be ex said that our wedding rings are a contract of marriage and he can sue me for the costof them. Is that true?

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Engagement and wedding rings are gifts. They are separate property of the recipient, and pretty easy to prove as such.

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The answer depends on whether you are married to "your soon to be ex" or not. If you are merely engaged, the ring is considered a conditional gift, meaning that it was given to you on the condition that you marry the man who gave it to you. If you have decided not to marry him, then you should return the ring. On the other hand, if you have already married this person, then the ring is a complete gift and thus your separate property. In that instance, you do not need to return the ring and he has no basis for suing you for the cost of the ring.

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