What to do if I was given an engagement ring but my fiance and I split up?

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What to do if I was given an engagement ring but my fiance and I split up?

We split up about 6 months ago due to his abusiveness. He has filed for bankruptcy and now wants the ring back. I used it for collateral on a loan. His court date with the federal court is in about2 weeks. I was told by him that I have until tomorrow to return the ring because the jewelry store told him that he had 3 options: return the ring, pay for the ring or go to jail. Do I have to return it? I would have to pay back the loan and I don’t have the money. Does he have to return it prior to his meeting with the trustee? Will he really go to jail or am I being lied to again?

Asked on April 2, 2013 under Bankruptcy Law, Michigan

Answers:

Adam Zuwerink / West Michigan Law, P.C.

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I do not have knowledge of bankruptcy law to be able to answer your timing question about the trustee. But there is a Michigan Court of Appeals case from 2001 that says an engagement ring must be returned upon cancelling the engagement, no matter who was at fault. The case name is Meyer v. Mitnick and is freely available to read on many websites.


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