Virginia residents who have called off a wedding at some point may have dealt with the sticky issue of who keeps the engagement ring. Some people might think that even if a wedding is canceled, the ring-receiver should keep the ring because it was a gift. Others say the giver should get the ring back because he or she purchased it. Another argument might be that whoever pulled the plug should allow the other party to have the ring. And what about when a couple does go through with the wedding, but then files for divorce? Who gets to keep the wedding rings after divorce?
These are complicated family law questions that many people feel strongly about because, for one thing, engagement rings tend to be expensive, and for another, they typically have quite a bit of sentiment attached to them. In a case that was filed late last month in New York, a man is actually suing his former fiancée in an attempt to get her to turn over the ring.