Property division in a Texas divorce must be just and right. In some cases, courts may determine that a disproportionate division of the community assets is just and right. In dividing the property, courts may consider a number of factors, including the ages of the parties and their relative physical conditions, their abilities, their education and business opportunites, and the size of their separate estates. The court may also consider fault, but may not punish a spouse through the property division. In a recent case, a husband challenged the disproportionate division of property awarded to the wife.
The parties separated after the husband was fired from his nursing job for failing to take a drug test. The wife testified she lived with the husband’s mother during the separation. She testified she withdrew funds from their joint checking accounts because the money was being used for drugs and gambling. According to the appeals court’s opinion, the husband was banned from his mother’s home and ordered to have no contact with the wife or their children by an Arkansas court.
The wife petitioned for divorce and asked to be awarded a disproportionate share of the community assets. The trial court ordered the husband to vacate the home. There was evidence the husband broke into the home and caused damage to the home and personal property.