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Do You Have To Return Engagement Rings? - Virginia

In many states, if an engagement ring is given and the engagement is later terminated, the law requires that the engagement ring be returned.

Virginia, in general, does not require the return of an engagement ring.  The Heart Balm Act, §8.01-220 of the Code of Virginia, provides that no civil action shall be maintained in Virginia for breach of promise to marry.  

Diamonds The Act has been interpreted to not require the return of an engagement ring.  While there are certain circumstances where a ring might be required to be returned based upon some oral or written agreement, in general, Virginia does not require the return of engagement rings.

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With more than 30 years of experience in Family & Domestic Relations law, Patrick McConnell represents clients who have particularly complicated matters that cross state or international boundaries, or that involve complex financial issues. His background in finance and knowledge of tax law provide insight that can lead to innovative solutions. When necessary, Patrick teams with an attorney from the firm’s Estate Planning or Corporate practice areas to assist with the preservation of wealth for his clients' children or their future generations.

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