Outcome:Affirmed in part, Remanded in Part
Description:A (male) homosexual couple cohabited for several years, each acquiring property along the way. At the end of that relationship, the Petitioner sued my client claiming that the relationship (and all the property accumulated during that time) be characterized as "marital-like" property. The implication of doing so suggests that while the parties did not contribute equally to any particular purchase, the property should nevertheless be divided equally between the parties, as though they were married. The Court of Appeals agreed with our position that one my client's major assets (a retirement fund worth $100,000) was not properly before the court. As such, my client's judgment was reduced by 80%, well below any amount we offered during our several attempts to settle the case reasonably.