On appeal from the trial court's verbatim adoption of Former Husband's proposed judgment, Rebecca Creed secured a victory for our client, Former Wife. The trial court misclassified and misvalued the parties' assets and liabilities in favor of Former Husband, unequally distributed those assets and liabilities again in favor of Former Husband, and then denied Former Wife's requests for alimony and attorney's fees.
While counsel for Former Husband argued that the lopsided distribution was within the trial court's power to do equity, the First District Court of Appeal disagreed. The Court ruled that the trial court should have considered and correctly applied "the steps outlined in the dissolution statute" before deciding to unequally divide assets and liabilities. The case was reversed on every issue and remanded to the trial court.
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