I put a down payment of $955 on the engagement ring and fiance later paid the remainder of $3,000. He broke off the engagement 2 months before the wedding (was seeing another women and planning a wedding with her too). Do I legally get to keep the ring? I am in the state of California. He also owes me money for all wedding deposits that I put on my credit card totalling $20,000. How can I get him to pay for half if not all the wedding deposits?
Lawsuit / Dispute Attorney
In California, the courts have long called the gift of an engagement ring "implied conditional," and require its return on the breaking of the engagement by the recipient of the gift. However, if the man breaks the engagement, he cannot obtain the ring. California has a statute that provides that if the recipient of the ring or other gift calls the wedding off or the parties agree to not go forward, the donor of the ring, e.g., the fiance, is entitled to get it back. If the donor calls the wedding off unilaterally, common law applies. Check with a lawyer in your locale to discuss more of the details.
Good luck to you.
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