Court of Appeals of Ohio
973 N.E.2d 834 (Ohio App. 2012)
Edward Siefert (plaintiff) filed a petition for divorce from Susan Siefert (defendant). At issue was the ownership interest in a 1992 Ford Mustang (the Mustang) that Susan had purchased prior to the marriage. At the time of purchase, the Mustang was titled solely in Susan’s name. At trial, Susan testified that once she and Edward were married, they began restoring the Mustang together as a couple and spent considerable time, effort, and money doing so. As a result, the car’s value increased from $7,500 to approximately $27,200. During the marriage, Susan transferred title to the Mustang into both of the Sieferts’ names, with rights of survivorship. The trial court held that, by transferring the title into both of the Sieferts’ names, Susan had relinquished her separate interest in the Mustang. Susan appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Cannon, J.)
Dissent (Grendell, J.)
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