Moore v. Moore (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)Annotate this Case
The circuit court granted Nancy Moore a divorce from David Moore on the ground of general indignities. David appealed, challenging the division of the parties’ property and the award of alimony. The court of appeals dismissed the appeal without prejudice, finding that the divorce decree was not a final, appealable order because it did not fully dispose of the parties’ property. The Supreme Court vacated the court of appeals’ opinion and held (1) because the decree in this case adequately addresses every issue presented by the parties and reserves no issues for later determination, the order is final and appealable; (2) the circuit court did not make the requisite statutory findings to justify a distribution of nonmarital property; (3) because property division and alimony are complementary devices, the issue of alimony is remanded for the circuit court to reconsider when it redistributes the parties’ property; and (4) there was no support in the record for David’s argument that the court considered the property division and alimony award in isolation, resulting in an inequitable award.