Engagement ring rights

So me and my fiancé broke up the end of December after almost 9 months of engagement, and she is not willing to return the engagement ring. I feel like she has no rights to the ring as well as I’m still paying on it. I have heard from a credible source she has taken the ring to get appraised and plans to break it down and turn it into something different. What are my next steps legally getting this ring back if any? I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Generally NC case law states than an engagement ring given in contemplation of marriage is a conditional gift, so if the marriage (the condition) does not happen, then the person who gave the ring should get it back. If the marriage does happen (i.e. the condition is met), then the person receiving the ring gets to keep it.

You can file a lawsuit against her for the ring or the value of the ring, or you can send her a demand letter for the ring or the value of the ring and cite the case law.


Anna Ayscue

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