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Engagement ringAs we approach Valentine’s Day, many people will be purchasing engagement rings and planning the special moment when they ask someone to marry them.  But what happens to the engagement ring if the couple eventually decides not to tie the knot?

In Massachusetts, it depends upon the reasons for the break-up and who caused it.  If it is a mutual decision, the ring should be returned to the donor.  However if there is a legitimate reason for ending the relationship such as physical abuse,  the recipient may be allowed to keep the ring.  For more information on the topic, see our Law About Engagement Rings.

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