I am posting this regarding the cancelled wedding of my brother-in-law. Hopefully someone can clarify a couple of things. His ex-fiancée refuses to return the engagement ring, until he meets a couple of ‘requirements’, which includes contributing to the costs of the cancelled wedding. Initially, he was willing, no questions asked, to share 50% of the wedding costs, but her holding a family heirloom hostage causes a lot of bad feelings in the family.
As far as I know, she HAS to give the ring back unconditionally because it was a gift in contemplation of marriage. The only exception to this rule is if the ring was given during her birthday/Christmas when it can be argued that it was simply a gift, which is not the case.
Regarding the costs of the cancelled wedding, what is he legally bound to do? She is demanding at least 50% of everything, including the wedding dress, the reception (even although the reception doesn’t refund the deposit, the reception hall ‘keeps’ the money as a down payment to a future event so it’s technically not lost), limo, flowers, etc. If this goes to court, will he be liable for sharing any costs at all? And what is reasonable? 50% of everything, including items that can be re-used (dress, reception, etc)?
Thanks so much!