As an experienced Pittsburgh attorney, I now remember back to having a guest speaker in my first year of law school. He was a gentlemen in his mid 40's that had graduated from our law school. He now had a thriving and successful practice in Washington DC. The speaker, whose name I can not remember, said something that has stuck with me for over 25 years. I can remember what he said like it was yesterday because the gentleman said something I simply did not believe.
Although it is a somewhat rare occurrence, an interesting family law question I occasionally encounter is that of annulment in Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, the law establishes a very specific set of circumstances under which one can have a marriage annulled. Unlike in Nevada, where you can obtain an annulment from the same Elvis impersonator that married you 12 hazy hours earlier, in Pennsylvania, there are five justifications that are accepted by the Court for annulment.
I recently received a call from my friend's son. He was excited. He had met the girl of his dreams and he was about to take the big step and buy a ring. As he was planning on spending about $15,000, his Dad suggested that he call me, a Family Law attorney, to get "the legal low down" on engagement rings (i.e. who gets the ring if the couple ultimately does not get married).