Trial court found for Client/Wife, residence confirmed to her as a separate property gift to her from her father.
Client/Wife contends residence was a gift from her father. Marriage was 30+ years. Husband contended residence was community property. Title had changed several times during the marriage. At time of trial and separation, family home was paid off.
Jan 01, 1999
Custody to Father, visitation to Mother. Mother sentenced to 40 hours community service for violation of court order.
Mother had custody of children, Client/Father had visition. Upon Fathers designated visitation date, Mother refused to turn over the children. Ex Parte request to change custody to Father,granted. Two day trial after psychological evaluation of all parties, custody requested to remain with Father, granted. Contempt filed against Mother for violation, Mother found in comtempt of valid and clear court order.
Jan 01, 2010
Wife's separate property contribution to acquisition of family home confirmed to her and ordered to be reimbursed.
Family home purchased nearly 20 years prior to separation, title taken and maintained in both names. Prior to the purchase of the home, Wife's brother died, leaving her stocks, life insurance and other funds. At the time of dissolution, Husband claimed that he did not know for sure where the approximately $80,000.00 for the down payment on the purchase of the home had come from. Wife claimed it came from her separate property inheritance, from the estate of her brother. After considerable attempts to settle the case, the issue of the separate property contribution was tried. Court found for Wife, that the sum of approximately $80,000.00 for the downpayment on the family home had come directly from her separate property inheritance from her brother's estate and that amount must be reimbursed/confirmed to her.