In the event that a couple’s engagement is called off prior to the marriage, conflict may arise regarding which party is now the rightful owner of the engagement ring. In Pennsylvania, the engagement ring is viewed as a conditional gift, meaning that the ring only becomes of property of the recipient if the marriage actually takes place. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has established that the party who purchases the engagement ring and gives it to their partner is entitled to having the ring returned to he or she if the engagement is called off. It is important to note that the engagement ring must be returned to the original purchaser, regardless of the reason why the engagement was canceled.
There may be instances where creditors, like credit card companies, attempt to come after you and your assets for debts that you or a spouse incurred. The attorneys at MM&D are available to defend you against these types of suits, giving you the peace of mind that you can be protected.
After a divorce, or even a name change, you may need to make modifications to any number of legal documents to ensure they remain valid. As an example, following a divorce, the deed to your home may need to be redrafted. Contact our team of family law attorneys to see what documents may need to be redrafted and what options are available to you regarding them.
The attorneys at MM&D can also assist you in securing Sexual Violence Protection Orders (SVPOs) and Protection From Intimidation Orders (PFIs). An SVPO is meant to protect victims of sexual violence from continued intimidation and/or abuse, regardless of whether or not criminal charges have been filed against their abuser. SVPOs are similar to Protection From Abuse Orders (PFAs), although there are key differences regarding the relationship between the abuser and the victim in each instance. A PFA requires an intimate or household relationship between the parties. An SVPO does not require an intimate or household relationship between the parties, and is available to victims who are under continued threat of harm from their abuser. A PFI protects a minor from being stalked or harassed by an individual who is 18 or older, and the minor does not have an intimate relationship with the individual.
For more information regarding the family law services available to you, please contact Musi, Malone & Daubenberger.