My fiancée and I broke up. She claims it’s all my fault. I have asked her to give back the engagement ring I bought. Can she keep it?
Courts in Illinois generally say that the ring is a conditional gift, meaning it’s given “in exchange” for marriage. Whoever breaks off the engagement loses the bling. Keep in mind: Judges who aren’t Greg Mathis are reluctant to act as therapists and delve into the he-said-she-said reasons for the split. In a recent case, the court refused to blame a cheating boyfriend and ruled that his ex give the ring back because she ended the engagement. Now, that new iPad you gave her for Christmas? That’s a completely different issue.
Ken Levinson is a trial lawyer at the Chicago firm Joseph, Lichtenstein & Levinson. Send your legal queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.