Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Busche v. Busche, 2012 UT App 16, January 20, 2012

Parties divorced in January 2005.  Husband Petitioned to Modify the Decree because he had been fired from his employment.  At the time of trial on the modification, Husband was employed but at earning less.  The trial court found that because Husband was fired, that he was voluntarily underemployed.  The trial court also awarded Wife attorney fees.  Husband appealed.

The Court of Appeals found that evidence because a party was fired is insufficient to prove underemployment.  The Court is required to not only review the circumstances of a party’s loss of employment, but also their conduct after the end of the employment.  See U.C.A. § 78B-12-203 (7)(b) for imputation factors.  Because the trial court did not consider the imputation factors, the matter is Reversed and Remanded for further findings by the district court.  Court of Appeals noted later in the decision that in order to include income above regular employment, the income must be regular and consistent.

As to attorney fees, the Court found that the fees awarded for Wife’s substantially prevailing in an Order to Show Cause hearing was appropriate.  The trial court also awarded Wife attorney fees for the remainder of the case but reduced the amount.  However, the trial court made only cursory findings as to the reasonableness of the fees.  Court of Appeals Reversed and Remanded the award of fees and instructed the trial court make detailed findings to support the award of fees.

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