Engagement ring

Dear Diana Taylor:

Greetings. Yes, the ring is a contract to get married that if broken becomes the property of the giver again, regardless of who broke the contract and why.

I do not practice real estate law, but I highly doubt that you can repossess your house. Good luck.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

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If a couple decides not to get married does the ring have to go back to the man regardless of circumstances. For example, my fiance did not want to move into my house… he didn’t like the house, so I, as part of the deal put my house up for a lease/purchase option and currently have a couple living in my house and planning to buy it. I took less than what I thoughtI might get out of the house because I wanted to get engaged. He gave me a ring. Now if I decide not to marry him, I cannot reposess my house because the contract is legally binding. So if I do not get married, am I bound legally to return the ring.