Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Summary 2013 WY 45

Summary of Decision April 17, 2013

Justice Voigt delivered the opinion for the Court. Affirmed.


Docket Number: S-12-0196


Appeal from the District Court of Sheridan County, Honorable John G. Fenn, Judge.

Representing Appellant: Megan B. Golden, pro se.

Representing Appellee: Robert W. Brown and Amanda K. Roberts of Lonabaugh & Riggs, LLP, Sheridan, Wyoming.

Date of Decision: April 17, 2013

Facts: The appellant, Megan B. Golden (Wife), appealed the district court’s order regarding the distribution of property following the divorce of the appellant and her former husband, the Appellee, Todd A. Guion (Husband). Wife argued that the district court abused its discretion when it divided property contrary to the evidence presented at the trial and when it failed to consider the financial condition in which the parties were left after the divorce. Husband claims that Wife’s brief is riddled with procedural errors, with the fatal error being the omission of the trial transcript from the record.

Issue: Did the district court abuse its discretion when it divided the property as it did in the divorce decree?

Holdings: Wife failed to comply with W.R.A.P 3.02(b) by failing to provide this Court with a transcript of the district court proceedings. Because this Court could not review the evidence, they could not find that the district court abused its discretion in how it divided the parties’ property. Further, because there was no transcript in the record, the Court could not certify that there was reasonable cause to bring this appeal and awarded reasonable costs and attorney’s fees to Husband pursuant to W.R.A.P. 10.5

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