If We Call Off the Wedding, Does the Fiancee Get to Keep the Engagement Ring?

Engagement rings, and other “gifts in contemplation of marriage” are not gifts in the traditional sense. Rather, in the legal context, they are part of a contract to get married. The contract works like this: He asks you to marry him and offers you the ring as “consideration” (which is like payment under a contract) for going through with the marriage. You agree to go through with the marriage and take the ring as “consideration”. However, if you do not go through with the ceremony, then the contract is not completed and you are no longer entitled to the ring. Further, it does not matter whose fault it was that the wedding did not take place. 

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