Chicago, IL asked in Contracts, Family Law and Civil Litigation for Illinois

Q: In the state of Illinois. Do I have to return a Promise Ring to an exboyfrien?

He now wants the ring, claiming he is paying on it.

But also, he is back with his ex girlfriend.

2 Lawyer Answers

James G. Ahlberg

  • Rochelle, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: No. He gave you a gift. It's yours.

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Peter M. LaSorsa

  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: I agree it is a gift, but if he doesn't have clean title to the gift, he didn't own it outright to give it to you--so technically the store owns it not you. So if he stops making payments the store could ask for it back. It would be no different than if he purchases a car or house and was making payments and give it to you as a gift--if he stopped paying the bank, the bank would own it and take possession.

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