Pro tip if your relationship isn’t working out, muster up the courage to dump your partner face to face. It’s more difficult that way — but learn from 55-year-old Louis J. Billittier Jr., who used a text message to do the dirty work
The upstate New York resident had bought his fiancee, 38-year-old Christa M. Clark, a $53,000, three-carat diamond ring. (Which, in case you’ve never shopped for a rock, that's a big ass ring) Then, a few months before their planned nuptials in 2012, he called the engagement off via text. She replied, “Your doing this through a text message????” And he consoled her thus: “Plus you get a $50,000 parting ring. Enough for a down payment on a house.”
Billittier changed his mind about that, too — or else he became aware that an engagement ring is legally considered the groom’s property until the ceremony — because in a later text, he told his ex, “You by law have to give it back. You’re nowhere near the person I thought you were. You don’t deserve it.”
However, a New York Supreme Court judge ruled earlier this week that Billittier forfeited his right to the diamond with the original text message, since the “parting ring” comment implied “donative intent,” officially counting as a transfer of ownership. “Many gifts are given for reasons that sour with the passage of time,” the judge concluded. “Once a gift is given, it is irrevocable.”
A diamond is forever…and sometimes the monthly payments are, too.