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Who Keeps the Ring in a Divorce?

On Behalf of | Nov 6, 2021 | Divorce, Firm News, Marital Property

Wedding and engagement rings can be immensely valuable assets. Many spend thousands and thousands of dollars to buy the perfect one for their partner. However, if the marriage ends, the question of who keeps these pricey pieces of jewelry. Continue reading to find out who keeps the wedding and engagement rings in a divorce.

Wedding and Engagement Rings

When it comes to dividing marital property, Massachusetts follows equitable distribution rules, which means property is distributed as fairly as possible. Since an engagement ring is given before the marriage takes place, and is considered a gift, it belongs to the recipient during the divorce process. However, if the wedding never happened and you broke up before tying the knot, engagement rings must be returned.

Wedding bands are also generally purchased prior to the wedding day and given during the ceremony as a gift, which is why the recipient also typically gets to keep the wedding band. Any additional jewelry purchased during the marriage as a gift, whether it be an anniversary gift or Christmas gift, also tend to belong to the recipient. That said, items of a substantial value may be considered marital property and divided between both parties.

The end of a marriage can be overwhelming and difficult and, though you may want these expensive symbols of marriage back, the fact is that they will usually be treated as separate property and belong to your spouse since they were given as gifts.

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