If Isell a family heirloom that was given to me during marriage, doI have to pay it backin ourdivorce?

When I got married to my husband he proposed to me with his family heirloom. Later he purchased another ring for me. Now he wants a divorce and he wants me to give back the family heirloom. I sold but he said that I need to get it back or he’s going to sue me. Do I have to do that or is the ring considered a gift?

Asked on February 28, 2012 under Family Law, New Mexico


Daniel Bachet / The Bachert Law Firm, P.A.

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The engagement ring, assuming it was given to you prior to the marriage, would represent a premartial asset belonging to you and your Husband has no claim to it or its value either within the divorce or thereafter.


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