Bye-Bye, Leave the Bling?

Some states, though, side with the dumpee— and legally that person gets to keep the ring. California falls into this category. It gets complicated, though, so check if this applies to you.

Finally, listen up Montana folks. The Supreme Court there ruled the ring is a gift, period, and can’t be taken back once it is given to the recipient. 

Attorney Bodine says people have actually gone to court over engagement rings. Before you think about going the legal route, though, he suggests you ask your lawyer the following questions:

  • What’s the law in my state on who gets the wedding ring when an engagement is broken? 
  • What can I do if my fiancé moves out of state after calling off the wedding and takes the ring? 
  • What might happen if I sell an engagement ring after the engagement is called off?

When emotions run high, the need for vengeance can set in. When it goes the legal route, it can get downright ugly. In some cases, jilted lovers have not only battled over bling in court but also sued for the costs of the wedding that didn’t happen as well as emotional distress. The  pain drags out and the bills add up quickly. Often, Bodine says, the outcome isn’t favorable for anyone.

His advice: “A broken engagement is a terrible heartbreak, but at least you don’t have to go through a divorce, too. It’s better to find out about that your relationship was doomed before it became legally binding. Do yourself a favor and make a breakup clear-cut, complete and permanent. People who become obsessed with their exes can be charged as stalkers, and nobody wants that.”

Yeah, there’s that.

What do you think? Should women have to give back the ring if the engagement is broken?

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