Engagement rings and wedding bands can be very sentimental and valuable items. It is estimated that most couples spend around $6,000 on an engagement ring. The question arises if the parties split-up: who gets the rings?

Engagement Ring

In Minnesota, an engagement ring is considered to be a “conditional” gift. This means the gift is given in anticipation of an action. For an engagement ring, the ring is given with the assumption of marriage.

If parties part ways before the wedding and marriage, the ring must be given back to the giver. However, if the parties break up after the wedding and are legally married, the condition has been fulfilled for the gift and is considered non-marital for the receiver. Non-marital property means the property is exclusively theirs.

Wedding Ring

A wedding ring is considered a gift given during the marriage. This makes them marital property. In most circumstances, this means that each spouse is entitled to receive half the value of both rings. Any ring upgrades to an engagement ring or a wedding ring may also be considered marital property and subject to division.

Anytime parties are discussing the division of property, including engagement and wedding rings, it is important to consultant with an attorney regarding your rights.

If you have questions about divorce or property division, our experienced family law attorneys are ready to discuss. Our legal team will inform you of the law and help create the best legal strategy for your case. Contact our office at (763) 323-6555 or through our website by submitting an online inquiry.

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Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003 after working for several years as an associate attorney in downtown Minneapolis. He graduated with honors from Mankato State University in 1997 and the William Mitchell College of Law in 2000.

Jason has…

Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003 after working for several years as an associate attorney in downtown Minneapolis. He graduated with honors from Mankato State University in 1997 and the William Mitchell College of Law in 2000.

Jason has successfully litigated against some of the more recognized divorce lawyers in the Twin Cities. He has been repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters, and one of the best divorce lawyers in Minnesota by the Society of Legal Advocates.

In addition to his work as a lawyer, Jason serves as a mediator, and court-appointed early neutral evaluator throughout Minnesota. He frequently writes and speaks, including several invitations to present seminars for the Minnesota Judicial Branch in St. Paul.

Jason is the former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota Trial Lawyer’s Association, and taught coursework within the paralegal program at North Hennepin Community College. He publishes the Minnesota Family Law Blog, which has been recognized as a “Top 25″ by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Outside of the office, Jason enjoys playing the bass and electric guitar and spending time in the north woods of Wisconsin.


Areas of Practice
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Adoption
  • Restraining Orders
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Criminal Defense
  • Estate Planning
Notable Cases
  • Representation of Four Grandparents in Minnesota’s First Quad-Parenting Adoption
  • Representation of Client in Minnesota’s First Same-Sex Divorce
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota State Bar, 2000
  • US District Court – District of Minnesota, 2002
Education
  • William Mitchell College of Law, 2000
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, 1997
Joined Firm
  • 2003
Professional Associations & Activities
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Presenter, Various CLE Courses
  • Monthly Columnist, Minnesota Lawyer Newspaper