Faculty Scholarship 1994 - Present

What Happens when "I Will" Becomes "I Won't": An examination of the Legal Landscape of Courtship Gift Disputes

"The courtship and engagement periods are usually happy times for a couple as they build a relationship and look toward marriage. However, happiness may fade, circumstances may change, the relationship may end, and the planned engagement may be canceled, repudiated, or frustrated, with no marriage occurring between the parties. When such a situation arises, one party to the courtship or engagement may seek to recover gifts or money or property previously given to the other party, requiring a legal determination of the parties' respective rights in the money or property."