Elliott v. Elliott

Decision Date14 December 1954
Docket NumberNo. 36681,36681
Citation279 P.2d 328,1954 OK 356
PartiesHoward V. ELLIOTT, Plaintiff in Error, v. Vivian ELLIOTT, Defendant in Error.
CourtOklahoma Supreme Court

Syllabus by the Court

1. An order allowing maintenance money and attorney's fees pendente lite is not such an order as is reviewable by the Supreme Court in a proceeding in error, and such an appeal will be dismissed.

2. A finding that the relationship of husband and wife did exist between the parties to an action for separate maintenance, made on an application for maintenance money pendente lite, is not a final determination of such fact, but is interlocutory only.

Embry, Crowe, Tolbert, Boxley & Johnson, Oklahoma City, C. F. Gordon, Muskogee, for plaintiff in error.

Johnson, Gordon, Cook & Cotter, Ted D. Foster, Jr., Oklahoma City, for defendant in error.

JOHNSON, Vice Chief Justice.

Vivian Elliott as plaintiff instituted an action in the trial court for separate maintenance against Howard V. Elliott, defendant.

On October 2, 1952, the court issued an order directing defendant to pay temporary alimony and 'lying in expenses' in the sum of $400. On October 10, 1952, defendant filed a motion to vacate such order. On July 8, 1954, plaintiff filed a verified application for child support and attorney's fee which alleged the birth of a child subsequent to the institution of this action. Thereafter a hearing was had before the court at which evidence was submitted tending to support the allegations of plaintiff's application. Defendant, although present, did not testify. Following such hearing the court made an order directing defendant to pay temporary attorney's fees and alimony pendente lite.

The defendant has commenced this proceeding to review this order. A motion to dismiss has been filed for the reason the appeal is premature in that the order is not a final order which can be brought to this court prior to a final disposition of the case in the trial court.

The motion to dismiss must be sustained. This court has held that it is the duty of the trial court to hear and determine the issue as to the marriage relationship where such relationship is denied. State ex rel. Blackaby v. Cullison, 31 Okl. 187, 120 P. 660; Fowler v. Fowler, 61 Okl. 280, 161 P. 227, L.R.A. 1917C, 89; Moore v. Moore, 87 Okl. 269, 210 P. 728.

In Utley v. Rowe, 192 Okl. 546, 138 P.2d 71, it is held that it is the duty of the trial court to make a proper disposition of the issue as to the marriage relationship and that mandamus is a proper remedy to enforce the duty of the trial court to determine whether or not the marriage exists.

We have also held, however, that such determination is not a final determination, but is interlocutory only, and is not res judicata as to the question of the existence of the marriage relationship in the trial of the case on the merits. Powell v. Powell, 191 Okl. 581, 131 P.2d 1019.

Defendant argues that the order comes within the third subdivision of 12 O.S.1951 § 952, and the definition of a final order as set out in 12 O.S.1951 § 953. Cited in support thereof are: Hardesty v. Naharkey, 88 Okl. 253, 213 P. 89; Connecticut General Life Ins. Co. v. Dobbins, 178 Okl. 629, 63 P.2d 968, and Warren v. Howell, 204 Okl. 674, 232 P.2d 934. We have examined these cases and are of the opinion they are not in point. See Arthur v. Arthur, Okl., 258 P.2d 1191. In Attaway v. Watkins, 171 Okl. 102, 41 P.2d 914, in discussing a final order under 12 O.S.1951 § 953, in holding that the order involved was not final we cited Oklahoma City Land & Development Co. v. Patterson, 73 Okl. 234, 175...

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    • United States
    • Oklahoma Supreme Court
    • December 29, 2009
    ...portions of the trial court record. 26 An order for temporary child support is not appealable as a final order. Elliott v. Elliott, 1954 OK 356, 279 P.2d 328, 329. In Kantor v. Kantor, 1994 OK 132, 886 P.2d 480 the Court stated that "The provisions of 12 O.S.Supp.1993 § 993(A)(5), by which ......
  • SW v. Duncan
    • United States
    • Oklahoma Supreme Court
    • May 8, 2001
    ...so by statute. Renbarger v. Renbarger, 1994 OK 140, 889 P.2d 1250, 1251; Kantor v. Kantor, 1994 OK 132, 886 P.2d 480; Elliott v. Elliott, 1954 OK 356, 279 P.2d 328. No statute creating such appellate jurisdiction is cited by the parties. Interlocutory orders may be reviewed on appeal from t......
  • Riise v. Riise
    • United States
    • Oklahoma Supreme Court
    • September 30, 1958
    ...Co. v. Kiester, supra. In Attaway v. Watkins, 171 Okl. 102, 41 P.2d 914, which we cited with approval and followed in Elliott v. Elliott, Okl., 279 P.2d 328; Dennis v. Lathrop, 204 Okl. 684, 233 P.2d 969; Sherman v. Sherman, 204 Okl. 283, 229 P.2d 177; Fowler v. City of Seminole, 196 Okl. 1......
  • Renbarger v. Renbarger
    • United States
    • Oklahoma Supreme Court
    • December 13, 1994
    ...in conjunction with an earlier application for temporary or incidental relief. Id. 131 P.2d at 1020-1021; See also Elliott v. Elliott, 279 P.2d 328, 329 (Okla.1954) (a finding of a marriage relationship in an action brought for separate maintenance, made on application for maintenance money......
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