Cornwell v. Cornwell

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Cornwell v. Cornwell

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April 2, 2021
Case Time
9:00 AM
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Case Location
Court Type
District Court
Case Summary

S-20-0530 Daniel D. Cornwell (Appellant) v. Melanie J. Cornwell

Nance County District Court, Hon. Rachel A. Daugherty

Attorneys:  Kathryn D. Putnam (Astley Putnam, PC, LLO, for Appellant) Nathan T. Bruner (Bruner Frank Schumacher Husak, LLC, for Appellee)

Civil: Dissolution of marriage; Property division; Valuation

Proceedings Below: The district court dissolved the parties’ marriage, divided the marital estate, denied Appellee’s request for attorney fees, and restored Appellee’s maiden name. The district court specifically valued and divided the parties’ marital estate of approximately $3,000,000; valued the marital portion of Appellant’s pension at $1,254,894 and awarded it to Appellant; awarded net assets of $1,932,566 to Appellant and net assets of $1,124,781 to Appellee; and ordered Appellant to make a cash equalization payment to Appellee of $403,892. 

Issue on Appeal: Whether the district court abused its discretion in using the “immediate offset” method to value Appellant’s pension.

Issue on Cross-Appeal: Whether the district court erred in not awarding Appellee attorney fees and costs.

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