Connecticut Boyfriend and Girlfriend start dating in 2007.
Boyfriend takes Girlfriend to Italy toward end of 2008.
While there, Boyfriend proposes and presents Girlfriend with a $5,000 engagement ring.
Ring is a little too shabby for Girlfriend’s tastes.
Boyfriend takes it back.
And presents Girlfriend with a $12,000 ring.
That sits better with Girlfriend, and she accepts it.
Possibly because of the substitution or perhaps not, Boyfriend falls upon some harder financial times.
As a result, Boyfriend and Girlfriend break up.
What of the ring?
Well, Boyfriend wants it back now.
Girlfriend refuses, claiming it was a Christmas present.
Who gets the engagement ring?
A Connecticut family court rules that Girlfriend must return the engagement ring to Boyfriend.
This holding represents something of a (modern) shift in the law of premarital breakups.