Evens v. Evens, #29654

CourtSupreme Court of South Dakota
Writing for the CourtStreven R. Jensen, Chief Justice
Citation971 N.W.2d 907 (Table)
Parties Timothy John EVENS, Plaintiff and Appellee, v. Rachel Joanna EVENS, Defendant and Appellant.
Docket Number#29654
Decision Date22 February 2022

971 N.W.2d 907 (Table)

Timothy John EVENS, Plaintiff and Appellee,
Rachel Joanna EVENS, Defendant and Appellant.


Supreme Court of South Dakota.

Filed February 22, 2022
Rehearing Denied March 16, 2022


Streven R. Jensen, Chief Justice

Appellant having appealed from two orders entered on May 19, 2021, the first denying removal of the children's attorney and awarding attorney fees to Appellee's and children's attorney, and the second setting forth requirements for Appellant's submissions to the court including e-mail communications, and

The Court having dismissed on October 29, 2021, all portions of the appeal from the first and second orders for lack of jurisdiction, concluding they were not final orders per SDCL 15-26A-3, with the exception of the question regarding attorney fees; and having also taken Appellee's request for appellate attorney fees under advisement until the conclusion of the appeal, and

The parties now having submitted their briefs regarding the remaining issue challenging the award of attorney fees to Appellee's and children's attorney, it is hereby

ORDERED that Appellant, having failed to brief the attorney fees issue, instead raising the circuit court's alleged lack of jurisdiction over her underlying divorce case, Evens v. Evens, has waived and abandoned the issue. Appellant's jurisdictional argument is precluded under the doctrine of res judicata in accordance with Wells v. Wells , 2005 S.D. 67, 698 N.W.2d 504, as this Court has previously heard on appeal and affirmed the circuit court's decision granting Appellant's divorce in all respects in Evens v. Evens, 2020 S.D. 62, 951 N.W.2d 268, and

Having considered the pleadings and entire appellate record and concluding that pursuant to SDCL 15-26A-87.1, it is manifest on the face of the briefs and from the record that the appeal is without merit because the issues are factual and there clearly is sufficient evidence to support the attorney fees awards and there clearly was not an abuse of discretion ( SDCL 15-26A-87.1(A)(2-3) ), now, therefore, it is

ORDERED that...

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