376 N.W.2d 571 (S.D. 1985), 14780, Garnos v. Garnos

Docket Nº:14780, 14790.
Citation:376 N.W.2d 571
Opinion Judge:The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hertz
Party Name:Judith A. GARNOS, Plaintiff and Appellant, v. Veran N. GARNOS, Defendant and Appellee.
Attorney:Thomas J. Nicholson of MC Farland, Petersen & Nicholson, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Attorneys for plaintiff and appellant.
Case Date:November 06, 1985
Court:Supreme Court of South Dakota

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376 N.W.2d 571 (S.D. 1985)

Judith A. GARNOS, Plaintiff and Appellant,


Veran N. GARNOS, Defendant and Appellee.

Nos. 14780, 14790.

Supreme Court of South Dakota.

November 6, 1985

Considered on Briefs Sept. 9, 1985.

Page 572

Thomas J. Nicholson of McFarland, Petersen & Nicholson, Sioux Falls, for plaintiff and appellant.

Charles M. Thompson and Patricia A. Meyers of May, Adam, Gerdes & Thompson, Pierre, for defendant and appellant.

HERTZ, Acting Justice.

Judith A. Garnos (appellant) and Veran N. Garnos (appellee) were granted a divorce on October 9, 1984. The trial court ordered joint custody of the parties' two minor children, with the appellant having primary custody during the school year. In addition, the court made an award for child support, alimony, a division of the property, and attorneys fees. Appellant appeals from that portion of the decree regarding alimony, property division and child support. The appellee has filed a Notice of Review on the issues of custody, alimony and attorneys fees. We affirm in part, reverse in part and remand.

The parties were married on June 7, 1969. Two children were born of this marriage and at the time of the trial in this matter, were five and seven years of age. Appellant is 37 years of age and the appellee 42. Appellant suffers from hypoglycemia, which is the beginning of diabetes; however, at this stage, it can be controlled by diet. Both parties have a college degree and were employed as teachers at the outset of the marriage. Appellant quit her teaching position in 1976 by reason of the birth of her first child; however, she did some substitute teaching thereafter. Appellant resumed her teaching career in the Hanson County School System in 1984 and continues to remain in that employment.

At the time of their marriage appellant owned no property of her own. Appellee was the owner of a substantial amount of real property, which he acquired through his father pursuant to an estate plan.

Appellant received as a gift from appellee's father 59.7 acres of land, and the parties during their marriage purchased additional ranch land totalling some 1,066 acres.

The trial court ordered that appellant be paid $25,000.00 in cash as her division of the property, which sum was to be paid by the appellee within six months after the entry of the Decree of Divorce. Further, the trial court ordered that appellee pay to appellant $600.00 per month alimony for ninety consecutive months, to be terminated upon the death or remarriage of the appellant. Appellant was also awarded the primary custody of the two children for nine months of the school year and appellee to have the children for the three months during the summer vacation. Appellee was required to pay $200.00 per month per child during the months that the children were in the custody of appellant. The trial court did not designate either party responsible for medical insurance of the children. The personal property of the parties was divided by mutual agreement between the parties.

The various issues raised in this appeal will be separately stated and so treated.


Whether the trial court abused...

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