You met a few years ago. You’ve had your fair share of ups and downs, but one day you decide: “what the hell, time to propose!” You promptly head down to the jewellers on the high-street and buy the biggest rock on the shelf. The question: “Who keeps the engagement ring?” never even pops into your head.
Come the big day, you propose and – YERSSSS!!! – you get the answer you’re looking for. Your partner is as excited as you are and the pair of you hunker down to organise a Spring wedding.
A couple of months later, however, and you’ve been dumped. She’s run off with your best mate and refuses to return the engagement ring. You took out a whopping great loan to pay for the ring – surely you can get it back?!
Well, the legal position is governed by section 3(2) of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions)
Act 1970, which states:
The gift of an engagement ring shall be presumed to be an absolute
gift; this presumption may be rebutted by proving that the ring was
given on the condition, express or implied, that it should be returned
if the marriage did not take place for any reason.
Although it seems very unfair, this means that unless
there was an agreement to return the engagement ring if the wedding is cancelled – which a court could imply if the ring is a family heirloom – your cheating fiancÈe is under no obligation to return the ring.
** Additional legal information & advice
If your ex refuses to return the engagement ring you gave her, you may want to speak with a solicitor. You can be matched with a
solicitor in your area for free via solicitor matching services, which can
also help you to understand the best course of action and whether you are ready
to hire a solicitor.
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