With This Ring, I Thee…..

Date: September 9, 2009
Posted In: DLP Law

Stanley was well into his 60\’s and his girlfriend, Cinnamon, had just turned 22. Stanley had been married and divorced four times. Cinnamon was the object of Stanley\’s inconstant affections.

In September of 2009, Stanley proposed marriage to Cinnamon. He presented her with a diamond engagement ring that he purchased for $12,000. Stanley pointed out that the price was less than the ring\’s market value because he was a “good customer” of the jeweler\’s, having previously purchased his previous four wives expensive jewelry.

The relationship took a turn for the worse when Stanley realized that his fifth love of his life was mostly interested in watching reality shows and playing bingo. Stanley broke off his engagement with Cinnamon and demanded that she return the expensive engagement ring. Cinnamon refused and told Stanley to take a hike.

Issue: Will Stanley get his ring back?

Answer: Yes. In Pennsylvania, the law treats the giving of an engagement ring as a conditional gift. Even though Stanley was the one to break off the engagement, the ring was given with the understanding that there would be a marriage. Stanley would get back his ring and Cinnamon would no longer hear Stanley complaining about his arthritis and gout.

Disclaimer: The above article is for instructive purposes only and each case is fact sensitive. Consultation with an attorney should be obtained instead of reliance upon the legal issues discussed in this column.

Joe Price
Attorney Joe Price is a seasoned Trial Lawyer serving Northeast, Central and Southeast Pennsylvania for the past forty (40) years. He has handled serious personal injury cases in courts throughout the Federal system including New Jersey and New York. Attorney Price is A.V. Rated by Martindale Hubble. He is Board Certified in Civil Practice by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1996.