Recently found out my finance to be was cheating with another woman (and she admitted it also). I called of the wedding but my fiancée is stating I contributed nothing to the wedding and will not give me back any of the money I put in. He also drained and closed our joint acct. The contracts were in my fiancé's name so they are reimbursing only him. I want to keep the ring only to recoup some of the money I put into the wedding. Do I have any rights by MD law to do this?
Sounds like a royal mess. An engagement ring is given with the promise of marriage, and the expectation that the parties will marry. If the woman calls off the engagement and refuses to marry, then typically Maryland law provides that the woman must return the ring. Here you are stating that in all fairness, he owes you reimbursement for money you paid for contracts taken out for wedding expenses. Not sure a Maryland court would agree with you, however, you might want to negotiate something fair with him. After all, you do have the ring, and he has some of your money. I think small claims judges would possibly rule in different ways, depending on who the judge is, and how persuasive the arguments are on each side. If nothing else, he can sue you in small claims court, and you can present your proof of payment and the arguments about why you should be reimbursed. In the end, perhaps you two can reach a negotiated settlement without having to go to small claims court.
This is NOT legal advice, is GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY, and does NOT establish an Attorney/Client Relationship with you. Therefore my answer cannot address your specific legal situation and you should not rely upon my answer in your legal matter. I am an attorney licensed in Maryland and California.
Great response by david. Couldn't say it better myself.
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David's answers sums it all. You see, all these promises and expectations are not in writing. Obviously he turned out to be a wrong person to marry.
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