In a Texas divorce case, failure to follow the required procedures can result in the loss of property. Parties should take care to identify all of the property that needs to be divided. Additionally, if the court fails to address certain property in its findings, then the party must follow the appropriate procedures or may risk waiving that issue, as occurred in a recent case.
The parties married in 2007 and the husband filed for divorce in 2014. He had been in the dairy business for many years and owned several properties at the time of the marriage. The dairy sold milk and the court entered a temporary order granting the wife the proceeds from the “milk store” instead of spousal support. She received a total of about $27,000 while the divorce was pending. The wife agreed the husband bought some of the properties, including the dairy, before the marriage.
The wife appealed the property division. She sought reimbursement for half of the value of taxes the community estate allegedly paid for the husband’s separate property during the marriage, the value of loans allegedly paid by the community to acquire goods and improvements for the dairy during the marriage, and the value of her separate property 401k used to improve the dairy.