What Should I Do with My Wedding Ring After a Divorce?

When couples are faced with a divorce, it is often the little things that aren’t thought about or considered until later. It is easy to remember to fight for child custody or spousal support matters, but one thing couples only later seem to ask about is, “What should I do with my wedding ring?”

There is no right or wrong answer to this question. It all depends on what you need or want in the new chapter of your life. Our St. Charles divorce lawyer shares some ideas—both conventional and symbolic—for what you can do with your wedding band when the divorce is all over and done with.

Conventional ideas for what to do with your wedding ring:

  • Sell it: Selling your wedding ring is a good way to get back some money after the divorce. Brand name jewelry, such as Tiffany’s, can have a higher resale value than other jewelry types. Looking up your style and design of ring on eBay or Craigslist can help you gauge what to expect for a return.
  • Save it for your children: Saving your wedding ring for your children is a bit more sentimental than trying to sell it. Your children might appreciate owning the ring later on in life, even if they don’t want to use it for their own wedding or marriage.

Symbolic ideas for what to do with your wedding ring:

  • Redesign it: Even though your marriage might not have worked out in the end, for some people it was still an important part of their life and shaped who they are. Many people may choose to take the pieces of their old wedding ring to create a new piece of jewelry. You can turn your ring into a piece that means something new, representing the next chapter of your life.
  • Say goodbye: The end of a marriage can be incredibly emotional. For some individuals, symbolically letting go of their ring is helpful for moving on and making a fresh start. You can let go by burying your ring, releasing it into the ocean, tying it to a balloon, or however else would help you feel release.

For more divorce advice and legal counsel, contact Smith Law Offices, LLC today and speak with a dedicated member of our family law firm.

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