Patton v. Patton, 2015 MT 7 (Jan. 13, 2015) (Shea, J.) (5-0, rev’d)
Issue: (1) Whether the district court abused its discretion by declining to rule on Gail’s post-trial motions; (2) whether the district court erred in its review of the standing master’s report; and (3) whether the district court abused its discretion by adopting the standing master’s report, which excluded evidence of Bill’s alleged abuse, in determining maintenance.
Short Answer: (1) Yes; (2) yes; and (3) no.
Reversed and remanded
Facts: Gail and Bill married in 1998. When they married, Gail was 43, rented an apartment, drove a used car, and had about $30,000 in the bank. Bill had substantial real and personal property, including the marital home, a veterinary practice, and a working ranch.…