In re the Marriage of Parker, 2013 MT 194 (July 16, 2013) (5-0) (McKinnon, J.)
Issue: (1) Whether the district court properly excluded Jim’s interest in his mother’s trust from the marital estate; (2) whether the parties entered into a post-nuptial agreement; (3) whether the district court equitably distributed the marital estate; and (4) whether Jim is entitled to attorney’s fees and costs on appeal.
Short Answer: (1) Yes; (2) no; (3) yes; and (4) no.
Facts: Beth and Jim married in June 1999. At the time, Beth owned her own home and lived there with her two minor children from a previous marriage. No children were born to the parties during their marriage.
In December 2001, the parties sold Beth’s home and moved into a house Jim bought.…