In our last post, we were talking about a professional football player, his ex-girlfriend and an engagement ring. He had mailed the engagement ring and a videotaped proposal to the girlfriend, only to have her say no. He demanded she return the ring. This is an interesting area of family law, really, that touches on contract law and property division -- the promise to marry is an odd duck in the law.
The musical "Guys and Dolls" has a wonderful number in it called "Take Back Your Mink." Theater fans who saw the revival in Chicago this winter should be familiar with the lyrics: Take back your mink; take back your poils, what made you think, that I was one of those goils? The song is a kind of anthem to pre-nuptial property division -- the courts would want to know, though, if the mink and pearls were given as promises of marriage.