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The Battle of the Bling: Who Keeps the Ring After Divorce?

Posted by Crissy Del Percio | Jan 28, 2024 | 0 Comments

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Breaking up is hard to do, but what about the shiny rock on your finger that once symbolized eternal love and commitment? That's right, we're talking about the engagement ring, the sparkly token of affection that can suddenly become a hot potato when love goes south.

So, who gets to keep the bling after the ink on the divorce papers dries? It's a question as old as time, or at least as old as the institution of marriage itself. Picture this: two people, once head over heels, now arguing over who gets to flaunt the flashy reminder of their failed happily-ever-after.

First things first, let's acknowledge the elephant in the room – the ring is no longer a magical talisman that binds two people together. It's more like a cursed artifact from an ancient love story gone wrong. The question of ownership can be as complex as the plot of a soap opera, but fear not, we're here to help unravel this matrimonial mystery.

In some states, the engagement ring is considered a gift, a symbol of intent to marry. So, if you're in one of those states, congratulations, it's yours to keep! But hang on, don't celebrate just yet – there are exceptions. If the wedding never takes place, some states may require you to return the ring. It's like getting a participation trophy for a game that was canceled!

Now, let's talk about the states where the engagement ring is seen as a conditional gift, contingent on the marriage taking place. In these states, if the wedding bells turn into a funeral dirge, the ring typically goes back to the person who popped the question. It's like returning an unwanted gift with an awkward smile and a thank-you note for the memories.

But what about the sentimental value, you ask? Well, that's where things get interesting. Sentimental value isn't a line item in the legal code. It's more like the secret sauce that makes your grandma's lasagna special – impossible to quantify. So, when the courtroom drama unfolds, it might be worth arguing that the emotional attachment should weigh in on the decision.

In the end, the battle for the bling is a something a professional lawyer can help you navigate. So, if you find yourself in a divorce ring ruckus, just remember: the only thing shinier than a diamond is your sense of humor. After all, laughter is the best therapy, especially when you're untangling the knots of love gone awry.


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About the Author

Crissy Del Percio

Crissy Del Percio is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Additionally, she received her undergraduate degrees in Journalism (News and Information) and Communication Studies from the world-renowned home of the Jayhawks – the University of Kansas. She has been practicing law for a decade and spent the first part of her career specializing in helping low-income survivors of domestic violence. Now at Drama-Free Divorce, Crissy enjoys helping people consciously uncouple. She is also a Guardian Ad Litem and domestic mediator. Crissy has won a number of prestigious awards for her work in public service, but you likely recognize her from her acting career, where she is also an award-winner. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her egregiously overpriced dog, Augustus Rodham and knitting. 


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