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When couples file for divorce, soon after the woman thinks, "What should I do with my engagement and wedding rings?" Some women will slip their rings off the moment the papers are filed, while others will wear their wedding band until the divorce is final.

Aside from deciding "when" to stop wearing one's wedding ring, what should be done with the rings once they are removed permanently? While the answer is individual, we want to shed some light on the subject for those women who are not sure what to do.

A lot of women are pained by the sight of their engagement and wedding rings. One look at the rings and they're flooded with emotions. Whether the emotions bring feelings of anger, sadness, or regret, these emotions are often so raw after a divorce that the woman is in a hurry to bury the rings in a drawer somewhere where they're out of sight.

To sell or not to sell?

If you're like a lot of women, your engagement and wedding rings may be valuable. In fact, they may be your most valuable possessions. Instead of donating your rings to the Goodwill, or giving them to the first engaged gal you meet, or tossing them in the nearest creek or river, you'd be a lot better off selling them and using the proceeds for something that will help you spiritually, emotionally, or financially.

You can use the proceeds of your wedding rings for the following:

  • Savings
  • College courses
  • To start a new business
  • To help you gain your financial footing as a newly single woman
  • A much-needed vacation
  • Your legal fees from the divorce
  • Continuing education for your job
  • Education for a new career
  • To pay off debt

If you do not have children, you may want to put some serious thought into selling the rings (with a reputable diamond buyer) and using the money to put you in a better situation. If you're hopelessly in love with the rings and don't know if you'll ever remarry, you can always wear the rings on different fingers or have a jeweler redesign them into necklaces or different-looking rings.

On the other hand, if you have children and you wish to keep the rings so you can give them to your daughter when she marries, or so your son can give his girlfriend your rings when he proposes, or so your children can keep the rings for sentimental reasons – then that works too.

Just make sure that you are careful about storing them in a safe place where they won't be forgotten or accidentally tossed in the trash. After all, they are valuable!

If you are looking for a Pennsylvania no-fault divorce attorney, contact Cairns Law Offices for a free case evaluation – we are here to be of service!

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