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Middendorf v. Middendorf

Supreme Court of Ohio
696 N.E.2d 575 (Ohio 1998)


Facts

Max Middendorf and Pat Middendorf were married. At the time the Middendorfs married, Max owned Middendorf Stockyard Company (MSC), which was valued at $201,389. As the owner of MSC, Max played a vital role in managing the company, including countless decisions on buying and selling hogs. When the Middendorfs divorced, MSC was valued at $309,930. The trial court found that the appreciation in value of MSC of $108,541 during the marriage was marital property to be distributed between Max and Pat. The court of appeals affirmed. Max appealed, arguing that the appreciation was due to increases in the hog market generally, not his labor specifically.

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