Word on the street, and on NBC, is that Kanye West, the greatest artist in the music industry today, is planning on asking reality television star Kim Kardashian to marry him. This would happen, of course, after she finalizes the dissolution of her other marriage.
News of the possible proposal came after Kanye dropped off some of his late mother's jewelry at a jewelry store. The pieces are being made into a wedding ring, presumably for Kim.
For those who haven't caught up with the Kardashians, we envy you for having better things to do.
We'll summarize. Kim married NBA player Kris Humphries. It lasted about as long as a keg in a frat house, and since then, they've been fighting an ugly divorce. He wants more money, and is alleging that the entire thing was a fraud.
Since the separation from Kris, she started dating long time friend Kanye West. Kanye released a really cool song, "Way Too Cold", insulting Kris and professing his love.
There, you're caught up.
According to the Atlanta Black Star, Kanye's friends are pointing out the obvious: Kim doesn't have a stable relationship history. They think it's a bad idea to turn his late mother's jewelry into a ring that he may not get back in the event that their marriage doesn't last more than the few weeks her prior nuptials did.
Fair enough. Since the hypothetical nuptials might be happening here in Chicago, let's take a look at the Ring Rules here in Illinois.
A ring, under IL case law, is considered a gift in anticipation of marriage. If she calls off the marriage before it happens, he gets the ring back, as she didn't fulfill her end of the "marital contract." If he calls it off, she keeps the ring, as she was ready, willing, and able to fulfill her end of the contract.
And if they get married and divorced? Kanye already knows the answer to that: we want prenup. If not, gifts are considered separate property of the recipient, meaning Kim keeps it.
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