Here is a question that divorce lawyers in Charleston have pondered – If a couple decides not to marry, then who gets to keep the engagement ring under South Carolina law? In the past, the belief was that if the giver of the ring (such as the husband-to-be) broke off the engagement, then the receiver of the ring (such as the bride-to-be) kept the ring, and vice versa.
An Engagement Ring is a Gift
In May 2012, the South Carolina Court of Appeals answered this question by ruling that the ring should be returned to whoever gave the ring, regardless of who cancels the engagement. The Court of Appeals reasoned that an engagement ring is a “gift