By boyfriend and I broke up. He gave me a ring last year for my birthday that he now wants back. Over the 4 years we were together he bought me 5 rings, he would ask with each ring if I would marry him and every time I would tell him "maybe someday, but I have no interest in marriage in the near future or possibly ever." I had just gotten out if a 14 year marriage and honestly don't ever want to marry again. I was always honest with him about that. He kept buying bigger better rings and I kept saying I had no intention of getting married any time soon or possibly ever again. The last ring he bought was expensive.. $4000 and he brought it to me on my birthday as a birthday present. When he handed it to me he said " the question is will you or won't you" I responded " I've already answered that question 100 times." He went on to tell me how much he paid for the ring and even handed me the receipt ( which is weird I think) anyway I have the ring but never wore it on my ring finger and never agreed to marry him. He is now calling it an engagement ring and wants it back. Do I legally have to return it?
"Engagement Rings", by definition, are given when someone asks the other person to marry them AND they agree. If he still gives it to you then it is a gift and is yours. If you tell him no to the proposal he should either take the ring back at that time or admit is it a gift.
It doesn't do much good for him to ask for the ring back because there is no engagement, especially since he apparently hasn't asked for the other rings back and has a long history with you telling him no to marriage.
If I were to decide this case I would not order the ring returned. What a judge would do in your State is up to the judge.
Given what you have said, it doesn't sound like any of them were given as a gift, but rather in contemplation of a proposal that he assumed you would at sometime accept. If you don't return the rings upon demand, you are positioning yourself at risk of being on the losing end of litigation.
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