Owiredu v. Owiredu
A court can find that property qualifies as a marital asset, although the property was bought prior to the marriage and title was in the name of only one of the parties. The parties began to live together in 1994, and the husband alleged that they married in 1994. The court credited the wife's testimony that the parties had an engagement ceremony in 1994 and that they married in 1997. Afterward, the wife began to use the husband's last name. The husband earns $23,000 gross per year as a taxi driver and also earns money from automobile sales. The wife earns about $68,000 gross per year as a nurse. The court awarded joint legal custody of the minor children, with primary residence with the wife. The court ordered the husband to pay child support of $103 per week and 18 percent of any unreimbursed medical expenses. The court ordered the parties to divide equally expenses for extracurricular, school, clothing and other necessary expenses. If an activity will cost more than $500, each parent must consent, and consent shall not be withheld unreasonably. The court ordered each party to maintain life insurance in the amount of $50,000 for the benefit of the minor children. The court kept jurisdiction for the purposes of post-majority education support for college or technical schools. The court did not award alimony. Although title was in the wife's name alone, because the husband experienced difficulty with credit, the court found that both parties contributed to the purchase of the marital residence, prior to the marriage. The marital residence qualified as a marital asset. The court awarded the wife the marital residence and a time share and ordered the wife to pay the husband $57,250 as a property distribution, on or before Oct. 19, 2018. The court awarded the husband property in Ghana valued at $100,000. The court awarded the husband the Cadillac and the wife the Toyota. The court ordered the parties to divide equally $6,400 in mutual funds. The court awarded the wife her pension.