My fiance broke off our wedding date and said we could never marry. Do I have to give the ring back or is it a gift in Ca. law.

Asked over 2 years ago - Modesto, CA

He is a widower and his grown children gave him such a hard time about remarrying that he said we could never get married but I could live with him. He told me to keep the ring but his kids thru a fit so he asked for it back a week later. Now his kids are calling me and wanting the ring or they will take legal action. This really threw me. I didn't see it coming, but his daughter just spent the last 3 months visiting him often from out of state and I guess she helped him come to this conclusion. We had made so many plans to get married at a destination wedding with family and friends going. A month later I am still in Shock1

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  1. Michael John Apicella

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    Answered . Under CA law, the engagement ring is considered a gift. Thus, you have no legal obligation to return it. This also means that the threats of legal action are hollow.

  2. George Baker Richardson

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    Answered . I'm so sorry for your predicament. It makes one wonder ...

    The engagement ring is specifically identified by CA law as a gift to you and neither the kids nor he can require you to give it back.

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  3. Michael Charles Doland

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    Answered . The ring is a gift. Your shock is understandable. They should have tried giving advice to my father!!!

    The above is general legal and business analysis. It is not "legal advise" but analysis, and different lawyers may... more

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