Clark v. Clark, No. 23274.

Docket NºNo. 23274.
Citation187 Ind. 25, 118 N.E. 123
Case DateDecember 21, 1917
CourtSupreme Court of Indiana

187 Ind. 25
118 N.E. 123

CLARK et ux.
v.
CLARK.

No. 23274.

Supreme Court of Indiana.

Dec 21, 1917.


Appeal from Circuit Court, Huntington County; Samuel E. Cook, Judge.

Action by Effie Clark, by her next friend, Martin Nicholson, against Thomas Clark and wife. Judgment for plaintiff, and defendants appeal. Transferred from Appellate Court under section 1405, Burn's Ann. 1914. Affirmed.

[118 N.E. 124]


A. W. Hamilton, of Bluffton, and Watkins & Butler, of Huntington, for appellant.
Fred H. Bowers and Milo N. Feightner, both of Huntington, for appellee.

LAIRY, J.

This was an action by appellee against appellants to recover damages on account of the alienation of the affections of her husband, Virgil Clark, who is a son of appellants. The trial resulted in a judgment for $500 in favor of appellee. Appellants assign as the only error that the trial court erred in overruling their joint motion and their several motions for a new trial.

Appellee and Virgil Clark were married on January 8, 1914, and lived together as husband and wife, residing at the home of appellee's parents until the 15th day of July, 1914, at which time Virgil Clark left appellee and returned to live with his parents, who are the appellants. At the time of the marriage appellee was 17 years of age, and her husband was 19 years old.

[1] Appellants assert that the evidence is not sufficient to sustain the verdict against them or either of them. The evidence shows without dispute that the husband of appellee lived with her for only a few months, after which he returned to the home of his parents and refused to live with her longer as her husband, but it is asserted that there is no evidence to show that the separation was caused or brought about by the willful and malicious conduct of appellants whereby the affections of their son were alienated from appellee and whereby he was wrongfully persuaded, induced, and enticed to leave her as alleged in her complaint. Appellee assumed the burden of proving not only that her husband lost his affection for her and abandoned her, but also that this result was caused by the wrongful influence and the willful and malicious conduct of appellants.

The quo animo is always a material question in actions of this character. The conduct which results in the alienation of the affections must be wrongful and unjustifiable. Where a wife, as in this case, charges the father and mother of her husband with alienating his affections, the burden rests upon her to prove that one or the other or both was guilty of some improper, wrongful, and unjustifiable conduct which brought about the result of which she complains. In the absence of proof to the contrary it will be assumed that the parents act in good faith, inspired by a proper regard for the welfare and happiness of their child.

In considering whether or not there is some evidence to sustain the verdict this court can consider only the evidence which tends to support it. There is evidence that appellee and her husband lived peaceably and agreeably together for three or four months after their marriage, and that during such time they frequently visited at the home of his parents, who lived on a farm not far distant from the farm on which they resided with the parents of appellee. About the last of April or the 1st of May differences began to arise between appellee and her husband's parents, and the latter began to manifest an ill feeling toward appellee. There is evidence that on the evening of the 3d day of May, which was Sunday, the first serious difference arose; that...

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  • Woodhouse v. Woodhouse
    • United States
    • Vermont United States State Supreme Court of Vermont
    • October 7, 1925
    ...note Ann. Cas. 1917E, 1017. It may be inferred from wrongful and unjustifiable conduct which 130 A. 768 causes alienation. Clark v. Clark, 187 Ind. 25, 118 N. E. 123; Westlake v. Westlake, 34 Ohio St. 621, 32 Am. Rep. 397; 30 C. J. 1122, Defendants' counsel have reviewed the evidence in det......
  • Worth v. Worth, 1881
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Wyoming
    • October 1, 1935
    ...702, 1010 and 1013 were properly sustained. Instruction numbered 10 contained an accurate statement of the law. Clark v. Clark, (Ind.) 118 N.E. 123; Jones v. Jones, (Wash.) 164 P. 757; Stanley v. Stanley, (Wash.) 68 P. 187. The verdict was not the result of bias and prejudice and the damage......
  • Worth v. Worth, 1997
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Wyoming
    • June 8, 1937
    ...Williamson v. Williamson, (Nebr.) 231 N.W. 506; Stilwell v. Stilwell, 172 N.W. 177; Smith v. Smith, 159 N.W. 349; Clark v. Clark, (Ind.) 118 N.E. 123. A verdict based on conflicting evidence will not be disturbed on appeal, where there is competent evidence, reasonably construed, to sustain......
  • Standard Oil Co. of Indiana v. Allen, No. 9619.
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • December 18, 1918
    ...possibility should tender an instruction limiting its application to the matter for which it is competent. Clark v. Clark (Sup. 1918) 118 N. E. 123;International, etc., Co. v. Haueisen (1918) 118 N. E. 320. [14] Appellant predicates error on the action of the court in refusing to submit cer......
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13 cases
  • Woodhouse v. Woodhouse
    • United States
    • Vermont United States State Supreme Court of Vermont
    • October 7, 1925
    ...note Ann. Cas. 1917E, 1017. It may be inferred from wrongful and unjustifiable conduct which 130 A. 768 causes alienation. Clark v. Clark, 187 Ind. 25, 118 N. E. 123; Westlake v. Westlake, 34 Ohio St. 621, 32 Am. Rep. 397; 30 C. J. 1122, Defendants' counsel have reviewed the evidence in det......
  • Worth v. Worth, 1881
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Wyoming
    • October 1, 1935
    ...702, 1010 and 1013 were properly sustained. Instruction numbered 10 contained an accurate statement of the law. Clark v. Clark, (Ind.) 118 N.E. 123; Jones v. Jones, (Wash.) 164 P. 757; Stanley v. Stanley, (Wash.) 68 P. 187. The verdict was not the result of bias and prejudice and the damage......
  • Worth v. Worth, 1997
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Wyoming
    • June 8, 1937
    ...Williamson v. Williamson, (Nebr.) 231 N.W. 506; Stilwell v. Stilwell, 172 N.W. 177; Smith v. Smith, 159 N.W. 349; Clark v. Clark, (Ind.) 118 N.E. 123. A verdict based on conflicting evidence will not be disturbed on appeal, where there is competent evidence, reasonably construed, to sustain......
  • Standard Oil Co. of Indiana v. Allen, No. 9619.
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • December 18, 1918
    ...possibility should tender an instruction limiting its application to the matter for which it is competent. Clark v. Clark (Sup. 1918) 118 N. E. 123;International, etc., Co. v. Haueisen (1918) 118 N. E. 320. [14] Appellant predicates error on the action of the court in refusing to submit cer......
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