Sandstrom v. Sandstrom, 91-2569

Decision Date24 March 1993
Docket NumberNo. 91-2569,91-2569
Citation617 So.2d 327
Parties18 Fla. L. Week. D793 Ray SANDSTROM, Appellant, v. Jodi SANDSTROM, Appellee.
CourtFlorida District Court of Appeals

Ray Sandstrom, pro se.

Kayo E. Morgan, Fort Lauderdale, for appellant.

No brief filed for appellee.

POLEN, Judge.

The former husband appeals from a final judgment of dissolution of marriage. Appellee former wife did not file a brief in this appeal. We affirm in part, reverse in part and remand.

The parties married February 20, 1981. The wife left the husband in July, 1987, and the husband petitioned for dissolution on September 19, 1988. There were no children born of this union. At the time of dissolution, the husband was 67 years old and the wife, 43. The husband did not attend the final hearing, although he received proper notice thereof.

Appellant first argues that the trial court erred when it awarded the wife certain stock in the husband's corporation. Appellant claims the pleadings do not even raise that issue and thus, the award must be reversed. See Cooper v. Cooper, 406 So.2d 1223 (Fla. 4th DCA 1981) (a judgment based outside the pleadings cannot stand). The record, however, contradicts appellant's assertion. It shows that on May 5, 1990, the trial court entered an order in which it granted appellee's motion to amend her counterpetition for dissolution of marriage and stated therein that the Second Amended Counter-petition, which appellee attached to her motion, was simultaneously filed. In the Second Amended Counter-petition, appellee alleged that appellant had transferred his share of stock in Sandstrom, Inc., appellant's company, to his live-in girlfriend during the pendency of the dissolution proceedings. Appellee included a prayer to the court to set aside these transfers "and restore the same to their original ownership identity for purposes of making an equitable distribution...." Thus, we find appellant's argument to be without merit and affirm this award.

Appellant next argues that the trial court erred when it awarded appellee funds from the sale of a building he owned with the two other stockholders of Sandstrom & Hodge, Inc. 1 Appellant contends the award is improper because (1) the building was not a marital asset and its value did not appreciate during the marriage; and (2) appellee had never filed a claim against the corporation and the corporation was never a party to the dissolution proceedings. Appellee only asserted that the corporation and appellant were one and the same. We hold that this allegation, without more, is insufficient to affirm this award. See Ashourian v. Ashourian, 483 So.2d 486 (Fla. 1st DCA 1986); compare Rosenberg v. North American Biologicals, Inc. 413 So.2d 435 (Fla. 3d DCA 1982) (Where wife alleged in her complaint that the corporate defendant had illegally "watered down" her stock ownership in the defendant corporation in favor of the husband, these allegations, if true, entitled the wife to relief against the corporation; the court distinguished this scenario from one in which the wife's counterpetition states no cause of action against the corporation, nor does it seek specific relief against it), and Hoecker v. Hoecker, 426 So.2d 1191 (Fla. 4th DCA 1983) (Where the husband owned all of the stock in the respondent corporation and the evidence showed a complete blending of the personal and corporate property, and where the husband testified that he and the corporation were one and the same, wife was entitled to relief). The building at bar was owned by a corporation that appellant owned with other individuals, which corporation is not a party to this proceeding. Under these circumstances, the trial court lacked the power to transfer this corporate asset. See Keller v. Keller, 521 So.2d 273, 276 (Fla. 5th DCA 1988). 2 Thus, we reverse this award and remand with directions that the funds be returned to the corporation. We recognize that appellee's alimony award was ordered to come from these funds and remand without prejudice to appellee to receive the ordered alimony from an appropriate source.

Finally, we affirm the trial court's award to appellee of attorney's fees and costs. The trial court's findings in this regard are explicit and supported by competent, substantial evidence in the record. We hold that the trial...

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  • Sandstrom v. Sandstrom
    • United States
    • Wyoming Supreme Court
    • August 25, 1994
    ...specifically found that in her pleadings the wife had requested the relief which the divorce court had granted. Sandstrom v. Sandstrom, 617 So.2d 327, 328 (Fla.Dist.Ct.App.1993). The Florida Supreme Court refused to hear the case on appeal. Sandstrom v. Sandstrom, 629 So.2d 135 The wife fil......
  • In re Cherny
    • United States
    • Iowa Court of Appeals
    • June 6, 2018
    ...payment, the dissolution decree has no legal impact on JSV, its assets, or its other shareholders. Contra Sandstrom v. Sandstrom , 617 So. 2d 327 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1993) (finding the trial court improperly ordered the sale of realty to fund alimony payments because the realty was owned b......
  • Austin v. Austin, 1D13–1766.
    • United States
    • Florida District Court of Appeals
    • September 13, 2013
    ...or assets without joinder of the corporation. See Mathes v. Mathes, 91 So.3d 207, 208 (Fla. 2d DCA 2012); Sandstrom v. Sandstrom, 617 So.2d 327, 328 (Fla. 4th DCA 1993); Keller v. Keller, 521 So.2d 273, 276 (Fla. 5th DCA 1988); Ashourian v. Ashourian, 483 So.2d 486, 486 (Fla. 1st DCA 1986).......
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    • United States
    • Florida District Court of Appeals
    • May 6, 2019
    ...do not have legal title to the property, the equity interest and claim in the property is an illusory asset. See Sandstrom v. Sandstrom , 617 So. 2d 327, 328 (Fla. 4th DCA 1993). We agree.In the final judgment, the trial court found:The Wife's father has refused to add the parties' names to......

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