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Long v. Long

413 P.3d 117 (2018)

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Long v. Long

Wyoming Supreme Court

413 P.3d 117 (2018)

Facts

Before Satin Long (plaintiff) filed for divorce from Clayton Long (defendant), she had an attorney prepare a stipulated decree establishing property distribution, child support, custody and visitation, and alimony. The terms clearly favored Satin, giving her $3,025 monthly in child support and alimony, most of the couple’s property, and granting her sole custody with reasonable visitation for Clayton at Satin’s discretion. She discussed it with Clayton and said he could delete terms he disliked. Clayton claimed he was drunk, did not read or understand the stipulated decree, and thought it was a set of conditions Satin’s “counselor” he had to sign to reconcile with Satin. But Satin denied seeing a counselor and had texted Clayton multiple times stating she wanted a divorce. In response, Clayton had told her to prepare the divorce paperwork and he would agree to whatever terms she wanted. After signing the decree, Clayton lost his job. The court entered the stipulated decree except for reducing the amount of child support and alimony to $2,500 plus $500 in arrearages per month without explanation. Clayton appealed, arguing that the stipulated agreement was unenforceable because it lacked consideration, Satin coerced him into signing it, and its terms were unconscionable.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Kautz, J.)

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