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Hofstad v. Christie

Supreme Court of Wyoming
240 P.3d 816 (2010)


Facts

Cathryn Christie (plaintiff) and Jerald Hofstad (defendant) lived together for nearly 10 years but never married. The couple lived in Hofstad’s home with their twin sons along with five of Hofstad’s children from a previous relationship. Later, Hofstad decided to purchase a new home. Shortly thereafter, Christie and Hofstad separated. However, in an effort to win Christie back, Hofstad expressly promised Christie that she would be an equal owner of the new home. Christie agreed, and at the time of the purchase of the new home, the warranty deed was conveyed to both Hofstad and Christie as tenants in common. Approximately two years later, Christie filed suit against Hofstad, seeking partition of the new home. The trial court held for Christie and found that although Hofstad and Christie contributed unequal monetary amounts to the purchase and maintenance of the home, Hofstad failed to prove that there was no family relationship between Hofstad and Christie or that Hofstad did not intend to donate one-half of the value of the home to Christie. Hofstad appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Hill, J.)

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