In Massachusetts, an engagement ring is considered a conditional gift, given on the condition that the couple gets married. The normal expectation is that if the engagement is broken and the wedding doesn’t occur, then the ring will be returned.
However, it doesn’t always work out this way. In the event a dispute about an engagement ring makes its way to court, the court will look at the circumstances surrounding the giving of the ring and the circumstances surrounding the breakup of the couple.
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