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The Wedding Ring

What happens to your wife’s wedding ring if you get divorced? Michigan law says that if you go through with the wedding, the wedding ring is considered a gift, and therefore, it’s hers to keep.

If you get a divorce, even if it’s only a short time after the marriage, you have no rights legally to demand that your wife return the wedding ring to you. Wedding rings can have considerable value, and the stakes are sometimes high.

According to Michigan Law, engagement rings are a different story. It is generally the case that, if you give someone an engagement ring and the wedding is cancelled, you have the right to legally get back the ring.

The leading case in Michigan on these two issues is Meyer vs. Mitnick, 244 Mich. App. 697,625 N.W.2d 136 (2001). The engagement ring is seen as a conditional gift given in contemplation of marriage. It is important to discuss all the circumstances of a particular legal issue with your attorney.

About ADAM (American Divorce Association for Men)

The American Divorce Association for Men (ADAM) is a group of highly qualified attorneys who advocate for men’s rights in divorce, child custody and parenting time, paternity, support, property settlement, post judgment modifications, and other family law matters. Since 1988, ADAM has been aggressive, diligent, and uncompromising when representing their clients. A team of compassionate and skilled family law attorneys, ADAM is dedicated to being Michigan’s leading divorce attorneys for men and practices a policy of integrity in all dealings.