Law School Discussion

You Guess The Verdict

noell.sweet

You Guess The Verdict
« on: August 17, 2004, 09:36:39 AM »
"The preacher declared that his car, home, and other properties didn't belong to him, and thus his soon-to-be ex-wife had no claim to them in their divorce settlement.  He told the court that they belonged to his ministry, which was recognized by the state as a religious nonprofit organization, and the law prevented him from sharing the ministry's property with his wife.  Should the wife get half of the 'ministry's' property?"

What did the judge say? ...

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Re: You Guess The Verdict
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2004, 09:51:45 AM »
put a monetary value on the utility of those items and give her half.

Ginatio

Re: You Guess The Verdict
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2004, 09:53:48 AM »
giving possession of all your stuff to your ministry is a well known scam, I think... most people use it to keep from losing everything in a bankruptcy, though

Re: You Guess The Verdict
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2004, 09:58:40 AM »
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jgruber

Re: You Guess The Verdict
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2004, 11:34:01 AM »
If he doesn't own those things, how would they be at issue and why would the religious aspect come into it?

If he worked for IBM and those things belonged to IBM, could the court award them to the wife?