Maryland and Engagement Rings
By: Stuart H. Grozbean
Our family law section is headed by STUART H. GROZBEAN. Mr. Grozbean was named to "Who's Who" in 1998, 1999, 2000. He is now a life member of "Who's Who", a prestigious national recognition of outstanding professionals in the United States. He is also the developer of the child support guidelines program in Maryland. His program is widely used by Judges, Masters and Lawyers in Maryland.
Mr. Grozbean has been quoted in the Washington Post, USA Today and on the various television and news channels.
Who keeps the engagement ring?
As a general rule an engagement ring is a conditional gift given by one party to the other in anticipation of marriage. If the party who receives the ring breaks off the engagement then the ring would generally go back to the person giving the ring. Once they are married the ring belongs to the recipient and is not considered marital property. It is never a good idea to give an engagement ring on a special occasion or holiday because it maybe looked at more as a gift then a conditional gift.
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