In today’s New York Post, there is an article by Kieran Crowley and Lorena Mongelli about a Long Island, New York law suit filed by a man to obtain the return of the engagement ring that he gave to his fiance’, who had been his high school sweetheart. Apparently, she refused to return the engagement ring and broke off the engagement after learning that he allegedly cheated on her. She counterclaimed that she suffered from emotional distress as a result of his actions.
The judge ruled that state law allows a person to get back property that was given "in contemplation of marriage" if the marriage doesn’t occur. The judge wrote that "Consequently,fault in the breakup of an engagement is irrelevant."
As noted by Apple Sulit-Peralejo in a blog post on this blog last October, the law in New Jersey regarding this issue is essentially the same.