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Does a divorce mean I give back the ring?

Moving on after divorce is difficult when you are surrounded with things that remind you of your marital struggles. Nothing represents your previous relationship quite like your engagement ring and wedding band. While after the divorce you may not be required to return the rings to your ex, doing so may help you heal faster. However, regardless of property division or what is right, the choice is yours.

In most states, family courts consider all types of jewelry as gifts and therefore do not include them in property division. The only exception to this rule would be in the consideration of family heirlooms given to a spouse. In divorce, jewelry considered the family heirloom of one spouse's relatives would be ordered to be returned to the rightful owners.

A spouse may not be required to return engagement rings, wedding bands or other gifted jewelry items. However, they may want to anyway. Not only would many argue it is the right thing to do, it may be a therapeutic step toward healing. The bulk of property division will likely include enough memories to last ex spouses a lifetime. Holding onto the one remaining symbol of a marriage failed simply may not be conducive to emotional recovery.

Regardless of if the law dictates property division of certain items or not, speaking to a divorce attorney may help spouses draft an appropriate property division agreement that will likely be approved by the Family Court. With an attorney's help all issues, including the do's and don'ts and the should and shouldn'ts regarding property division can be addressed.

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