Joseph v. Joseph, 2014 VT 66
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph (“husband” and “wife,” because that’s shorter) were married for 23 years, until in December 2011, wife filed for divorce. Ten months later, in October 2012, the parties entered into a temporary stipulation. In part, it called for husband to pay various debts, like the mortgage, taxes, insurance, and utility bills. The parties apparently couldn’t agree to any more than that, and had a 2-day contested hearing in March of 2013.
It would appear that husband didn’t pay for certain things between October and March, as required in the October stipulation. Wife didn’t bring this up during the final hearing, even though it seems that at the time, she knew there were things that weren’t paid. The court divided the property and issued a final divorce decree in April 2013. The parties went on their merry ways and nobody appealed.