Gates v. Albin

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Gates v. Albin
1983 OK 42
662 P.2d 1370
Case Number: 58298
Decided: 04/26/1983
Supreme Court of Oklahoma

GOLDIE MARIE ALBIN GATES, APPELLANT,
v.
BOB R. ALBIN, APPELLEE.

Appeal from the District Court of Kay County, Roger Mullins, Judge.

¶0 The appellant appeals from the refusal of the trial court: to award alimony; to consider the husband's retirement fund in the division of jointly acquired property; and to award attorney fees.

AFFIRMED IN PART; REVERSED IN PART; AND REMANDED WITH DIRECTIONS.

Jones, Gungoll, Jackson, Collins & Dodd by Stephen Jones and Susan McNaughton, Enid, for appellant.

Phipps, Johnson, Holmes & Hermanson by Kent C. Phipps, Ponca City, for appellee.

HODGES, Justice.

¶1 The questions presented are: whether the trial court erred because it did not award alimony; whether the retirement fund of the husband should be considered in the division of jointly acquired property; and if the husband should be required to pay the wife's attorney fees.

[662 P.2d 1371]

I

¶2 After a marriage which lasted approximately nine years,

¶3 Subsequent to the trial of this case, this Court determined in Carpenter v. Carpenter, 657 P.2d 646, 650-51 (Okl. 1983) that a pension fund which has been acquired during the marriage may become jointly acquired property subject to division in accordance with 12 O.S. 1981 § 1278 .

¶4 The exigencies of a particular case can best be determined by the trial court.

II

¶5 The appellant contends that she should have been awarded alimony, but that she is willing to forego an alimony award if the court orders a division of the husband's pension fund. Based on the wife's position, and because this cause is being remanded for a division of the pension fund, we find no error in the failure of the trial court to award alimony.

III

¶6 The wife also argues that she should have been awarded attorney fees at the trial level and on appeal. The trial court did not abuse its discretion in requiring the wife to pay her own attorney fees at the trial level. We further deny her request for attorney fees on appeal.

¶7 AFFIRMED IN PART, REVERSED IN PART, and REMANDED WITH DIRECTIONS.

¶8 All the Justices concur.

Footnotes:

1 His second marriage - her fourth.

2 When the parties were married, the pension fund contained $20,187.80. At the time of the divorce, the fund had increased by $58,643.41 and totaled $78,831.21.

3 It is provided by 12 O.S. 1981 § 1278 in pertinent part:

. . . "As to such property, whether real or personal, which has been acquired by the parties jointly during their marriage, whether the title thereto be in either or both of said parties, the court shall make such division between the parties as may appear just and reasonable, by a division of the property in kind, or by setting the same apart to one of the parties, and requiring the other thereof to pay such sum as may be just and proper to effect a fair and just division thereof." . . .

4 Carpenter v. Carpenter, 657 P.2d 646, 650-51 (Okl. 1986).

5 Stansberry v. Stansberry, 580 P.2d 147, 150 (Okl. 1978); Stuart v. Stuart, 433 P.2d 951 (Okl. 1967).