Piper v. Piper

Decision Date27 September 1934
Docket NumberNo. 14.,14.
Citation174 A. 734
PartiesPIPER v. PIPER.
CourtNew Jersey Supreme Court

Appeal from Court of Chancery.

Petition for divorce by Susie Piper against John Piper, and counter petition for divorce by respondent. From a decree dismissing both petitions, the wife appeals and the husband cross-appeals.


Weinberger & Weinberger, of Passaic, for appellant.

Edward Thomas Moore, of Passaic, for respondent.


Cross-appeals are involved on the dismissal of the wife's petition for divorce on the ground of adultery, and dismissal of the husband's counter petition on the same ground. An examination of the record discloses that in each case the charge rested wholly upon the testimony of interested parties or persons employed by the respective parties concerning the conduct of the other. The decree of dismissal was recommended by the master on the ground that both husband and wife were guilty of adultery, and that neither was in position to complain of the conduct of the other.

The charge in each case is based upon misconduct alleged to have been committed in automobiles, and the proofs in each case bear a striking similarity. These proofs were of a character which might be accepted as true or rejected as untrustworthy. In either case they fall under the same ban, and our reading of the testimony satisfies us that the dismissal of both petitions could well rest upon the ground either of guilt of both or of the innocence of both. The master accepted the former conclusion, and we cannot say that he erred in that result.

We are not disposed to modify the decree respecting the custody of the children. The decree is affirmed on each appeal.


For reversal as to husband: The CHIEF JUSTICE and Judge KAYS—2.

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4 cases
  • Kazin v. Kazin
    • United States
    • New Jersey Supreme Court
    • July 31, 1979
    ...that the plaintiff engaged in marital conduct amounting to recrimination, condonation or unclean hands. E. g., Piper v. Piper, 116 N.J.Eq. 587, 174 A. 734 (E. & A. 1934); Delaney v. Delaney, 71 N.J.Eq. 246, 65 A. 217 (E. & A. 1906); Gutzwiller v. Gutzwiller, 8 N.J.Super. 254, 74 A.2d 325 (A......
  • Pollino v. Pollino
    • United States
    • New Jersey Superior Court
    • February 24, 1956
    ... ... Johnson & Higgins, 93 N.J.Eq. 425, 116 A. 785 (E. & A.1922); Clickner v. Clickner, 95 N.J.Eq. 479, 123 A. 373 (Ch.1924); In Piper v. Piper, 176 A. 345, 13 N.J.Misc. 68 (Ch.1934), where the parties had each been previously adjudicated guilty of adultery, 116 N.J.Eq. 587, 174 A ... ...
  • Donis v. Donis.
    • United States
    • New Jersey Supreme Court
    • November 8, 1948
    ...N.J.S.A.; Fuller v. Fuller, Ch. 1886, 41 N.J.Eq. 198, 3 A. 409; White v. White, Ch. 1902, 64 N.J.Eq. 84, 53 A. 23; Piper v. Piper, Err. & App.1934, 116 N.J.Eq. 587, 174 A. 734. Although we have adjudicated the facts differently from the disposition below, the result is the same for the reas......
  • Potter v. Pa. R. Co.
    • United States
    • New Jersey Supreme Court
    • September 27, 1934

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