No Wedding, No Ring

By: Liz Tedone Email
By: Liz Tedone Email

Knoxville (WVLT) - If you get engaged and the wedding is called off, who gets to keep the ring? The debate may be over.

Volunteer TV's Liz Tedone is following the story.

The courts have handed down a ruling specifically for this circumstance and it began in Knox County.

Former Knoxville television reporter Catharyn Campbell has been ordered by a judge to give back an engagement ring.

The Tennessee State Court of Appeals ruled Campbell must return the $35,000 ring to her former fiancé, Jason Crippen.

The court's ruling sets a precedent in the state.

Judge Charles Susano writes, "We hold that an engagement ring is given in contemplation of marriage, and, as such, is implied a conditional gift."

Originally, a Circuit Court Judge in Knox County ruled Campbell could keep the 3 carat ring because it was a gift.

But, the Court of Appeals ruling looks at the intent of the gift.

It's a debate many couples have spoken about.

"We've talked about it before and basically if I call off the wedding, he gets the ring back. And if he calls of the wedding, then I get to keep the ring," says Paige Kennamer, who is engaged.

And there's definitely a mindset between guys and girls.

Many men are siding with who purchased the ring.

"I would think whoever brought it. If it's a cheap ring, you could let her keep it," says Austin Neel.

"I'm going to take the engagement ring back though, 'cause that's a diamond," says Pat Scaglione.

Volunteer TV spoke with Catharyn Campbell by phone.

She declined comment until she could speak with her attorney.

You can read the lawsuit, the court of appeals decision and the appraisal on the ring, by clicking the link above.


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  • by Dreaming Location: Vonore, TN on Sep 27, 2007 at 02:14 PM
    What happened to Cathryn Campbell? Where did she get to since she is no longer a newscaster? and is this why?
  • by Becky Location: Oliver Springs TN on Sep 27, 2007 at 09:50 AM
    first of all to pay that much for a ring is ridiculous..Thas something that could be bought after the marriage for and 25th anniversary - because if they could make it that long then they deserve to spend that much on each other as long as they can afford it. I would much rather have spent that on a honeymoon or a down payment on a home and got a much less expensive ring. She should give it back to him if she is not going to commit to the relationship. If she keeps it, it only shows that she is a materialistic person. He should not have to go to such an expense and not be able to either return it or sell it. They both should go their own way. That can only cause bad feelings between families and wasted court time when the courts should be trying to get murderers and DUI drivers and child molesters in jail and out of society
  • by RAY Location: RUTLEDGE on Sep 26, 2007 at 09:51 PM
    THE RING WAS GIVEN ON CONTEMPLATION OF MARRAGE. IF THE LADY CALLED IT OFF SHE SHOULD GIVE THE RING BACK. IF THE GUY CALLED IT OF HE WAS STUPID FOR GIVING A 35,000 DOLLAR RING TO START WITH,AND SHE SHOULD BE ABLE TO KEEP IT. JUST LIKE HOMES AND CARS HE SHOULD HAVE STARTED OUT WITH A STARTED RING AND UPGRADE LATER. WITH THE AMOUNT OF DIVORCES GOING ON TODAY ITS JUST PLANE STUPID TO GIVE A RING LIKE THAT.
  • by Jamie Location: Newport,TN on Sep 26, 2007 at 02:43 PM
    I thought an engagement ring was a gift from future husband to future bride? If it is a gift then it should be hers to keep.
  • by sharon breeden Location: maryville on Sep 26, 2007 at 10:37 AM
    yes she should give back the diamond, cause why should he suffer to pay for something that expensive, when she doesn't want to be with him, unless she is a taker.give it back. sharon breeden
  • by Whitney Location: sweetwater tn on Sep 26, 2007 at 08:48 AM
    i sold my ring w/ the wedding band and the men ring with it. and i kept the money and told my ex that i don't know what happened to it.
  • by Bob Location: Smith on Sep 26, 2007 at 08:33 AM
    Gold digger didn't get the prize. Booo Hooo.
  • by Sue Webber Location: Greeneville, Tn. on Sep 25, 2007 at 06:05 PM
    Definitely, the ring should be returned to the gentleman. He purchased the ring, gave as a condition of marriage and it is really his property.
  • by LMAO Location: K'Town on Sep 25, 2007 at 04:02 PM
    Who broke it off????? If she did then yes she should return it. But if he did, Well I guess it depends on why he broke it off. if she cheated then yes, but if he just broke it off because he cheated or because he didn't love her nomore then no! But I think people this could have been handle in a different way then plastering these people ALL over the news... It's really really sad the way the news does people, even people who or have worked for them....Should have been handled alot better. Put your self in their shoes how would you feel if the company you worked for or the same type business you worked for plastered you ALL OVER THE front page and made you their headline story???? As for the ring! why would anyone spend $35,000 on a ring? No ring is worth that. Spend it on something more useful and something your not afraid to wear in public. Too much money and no brains I guess....

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