Am I legally obligated to return an engagement ring if my fiance broke it off? 3 Answers as of June 29, 2011

Do I need to return engagement ring to an ex-fiance valued at $4000 in California? He broke off engagement.

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Michael Apicella
Michael Apicella | Apicella Law and Mediation
No. It is a gift. Hence, it is your separate property.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/29/2011
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
If he broke off the engagement, you get to keep the engagement ring. Were you the one to break off the engagement, you would have to return it.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/29/2011
Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation | Paul Wallin
In California most courts would rule that you were given a "gift" of the engagement ring. This would mean that you would not have to return it. Of course he can sue you in small claims court to try to recover it, but it is likely you would prevail.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/29/2011
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