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Greetings. Since you were not married, this was a contractual promise and she has to return the same. You can sue her for it in small claims court. Thank you.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm
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Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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My fiance of three months has recently ended our engagement. She has refused to return the engagement ring stating that it was a “nice gift.” No wedding date had been set and no expenses have been incurred. Both are NC residents. Under NC law does she have an obligation to promptly return the ring?