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Therefore, it is not unusual for a fair allocation process to take place 12 to 24 month after submission of the application, and in many cases pairs cannot submit until many month after their segregation. Throughout this period of retardation, it is very customary for one or the other person to keep paying mortgages on the house or to make payment for repair work on the house and perhaps even to make payment for repair work on other property held by the property at the moment of split.
Many years later, when the case is eventually brought to court, it is appropriate and consistent for the payment agent to apply for credits for those amounts when the court issues the definitive order. E.g. if the mortgage on the house had a home debit of $100,000. When the case eventually goes to court, it makes good business of assuming that the payment earner should get a $10,000 for it.
Increase of shareholders' funds in single-family house. During the recent appeal against Cushman v. Cushman, the spouse repaired and made mortgage repayments for the single-family home between the separation of the parts in May 2010 and the hearing of the case in May 2014.
In the course of the pre-litigation fair apportionment proceedings, the man and woman had stipulated, both in written and witness statements, that the courts would apportion their matrimonial assets and liabilities evenly. Although both had made this assertion several occasions in the submissions to the Tribunal before and during the proceedings, the spouse presented to the Tribunal proofs claiming an uneven portion of his favors on the marriage settlement because he had made significant payment and repair to the matrimonial domicile where he had resided since the date of segregation.
It called for a greater proportion of matrimonial distributions to take those enhancements into consideration. In spite of its proof, the tribunal refused to allow the spouse an uneven allocation of matrimonial assets because it found that the spouse had demanded and accepted an "equal" allocation of matrimonial assets and liabilities.
Considering that he had made this arrangement, the spouse reasoned that the appreciation should be attributed to him as distinct ownership because he had made the repair and mortgage payment from his distinct fund during the four years following the separation. These two questions were taken up by the spouse before the North Carolina Court of Appeals on appeals.
Appeals were lodged by the appellate tribunal in agreement with the tribunal and confirmed the tribunal's judgment. However, the appellate tribunal expressly held that in the case of uncontested proof that the spouses had arranged "an equitable sharing of matrimonial property", it was not necessary for the tribunal itself to take into account allocation criteria pertinent to an uneven allocation.
Essentially, if the agreement is on fair apportionment, the party waives its right for the tribunal to take into account in the law on fair apportionment those elements which warrant it. But the man didn't lose everything, he thought. In addition, he had the arguement that he made the mortgage payment and reimbursed the costs of repairing from resources that were his own possession.
Whilst the tribunal did not like this point of view, the man still had hope that the appellate tribunal would turn the tribunal around. Unfortunately, the appellate tribunal also reached agreement with the tribunal on this question. According to the appellate tribunal, the burdens lay on the spouse to show that the mortgage and repair charges were paid out of his own resources.
It then concluded that the spouse had not produced that evidentiary finding because the mortgage payment stemmed from his former retirement, which the Tribunal regarded as matrimonial property, since the pension savings were earned during the couple's marriage. Furthermore, the appellate tribunal pointed out that the spouse in the case did not provide clear documentation of how much he had been paying for the mortgage reduction during the time of the split until the case.
One lesson is clear: there is almost no need for a litigator to prescribe or arrange, in a fair apportionment case, that an even apportionment of matrimonial property and debt is appropriate. As soon as this provision is made, the Tribunal will lose much latitude in adapting to occurrences occurring after the date of segregation.
It is essential that precise accounts of these disbursements are kept, with clear proof of the origin of the appropriations for these disbursements, when making subsequent dissociation disbursements in order to increase the value of the matrimonial credit or decrease the matrimonial indebtedness. In the case where such disbursements are made and the origin of the resources to be disbursed is clearly the payer's own distinct ownership, that disbursement would be both a distribution element and the distinct ownership of the payer's own resources.
According to both theories, the payment agent should obtain an appropriate amount of credits by either receiving an uneven allocation of the matrimonial assets in its favour or by having the separated part of the assets transferred as its own separated ownership.