Can I Get My Engagement Ring Back? An Example From Kim Kardashian's 72-Day Marriage

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I have a confession to make. I love reality television. I don’t know why. My husband and I fight over the Roku whenever we have that rare opportunity to watch television together. He’d rather watch something on the History Channel covering World War II, the U.S. Army, Marines, anything military-related. I’d rather watch “The Real Housewives of ___ (insert city/state here).”

Kim Kardashian’s 72-Day Marriage Leads and Ex-Husband’s Demands for the Return of His Engagement Ring

However, as goofy as my television tastes may be, even I have reality television standards. I can’t watch anything on television pertaining to the Kardashian clan. In my opinion, most of the Kardashian girls make a mockery of the institution of marriage. Case in point is the 72-day marriage between Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. According to the Huffington Post, after spending a cool $2 million on a 20-karat rock, Humphries, through his divorce lawyers, is seeking a return of his engagement ring. Although this is Hollywood, and most divorce lawyers in Fairfax County aren’t fighting over 20-karat rings, the question of who gets the engagement ring after a relationship ends is not too uncommon.

Are You Legally Entitled to Your Engagement Ring?

Generally, if you are the giver or recipient of the engagement ring, you may be able to demand its return if your engagement didn’t lead to marriage. However, if you were married, and the marriage lasts for even a short time, you usually don’t have a legal basis to demand the return of your engagement ring. In this case, your wife kept her promise to marry you. The gift is now complete. You may be able to claim your marriage wasn’t valid because of fraud or mistake, which Kris Humphries’ lawyers are alleging. Legally, most courts view engagement rings as contemplative gifts. If the marriage doesn’t occur, it’s not a completed gift, and the promise to marry is not fulfilled.

Just Give it Back! Out of common courtesy, give your engagement ring back to your ex if your relationship doesn’t lead to marriage.


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