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Paulson v. Paulson

Docket No. 20200163
Oral Argument: Monday, December 7, 2020 1:30 PM

Docket Info

Title
Kristofor John Paulson, Plaintiff and Appellee
v.
Shannon Marie Paulson, n/k/a Shannon Marie Belgarde, Defendant and Appellant
Case Type
CIVIL APPEAL : CHILD CUST & SUPPORT (Div.\Other)
Appeal From
Case No. 2019-DM-00577
Northeast Central Judicial District, Grand Forks County
M. Jason McCarthy
2021 ND 32955 N.W.2d 92
Oral Argument 12/7/2020

Highlight

A district court’s decision on whether to vacate a divorce judgment under N.D.R.Civ.P. 60(b) will not be overturned on appeal absent an abuse of discretion. A party seeking to vacate a divorce judgment entered pursuant to a settlement agreement under N.D.R.Civ.P. 60(b) must demonstrate extraordinary circumstances justifying relief. When considering whether a divorce judgment based on a settlement agreement should be vacated, the district court should inquire: (1) whether the agreement is free from mistake, duress, menace, fraud, or undue influence; and (2) whether the agreement is unconscionable. The party seeking relief from judgment based on fraud has the burden to establish fraud by clear and convincing evidence. Unconscionability may be considered as a ground for relief under N.D.R.Civ.P. 60(b)(6). To vacate a divorce judgment as unconscionable, there must be a showing of both procedural and substantive unconscionability. A disparate settlement is not necessarily substantively unconscionable, particularly in a short-term marriage


Briefs

Filing Date Description
09/23/2020 APPELLANT BRIEF View
10/23/2020 APPELLEE BRIEF View
11/06/2020 REPLY BRIEF View

Counsel

Party Type Name
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Jacey Layne Johnston - 06214
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Jessie Leigh VanCamp - 07234
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Olivia Anastasia Jureidini - 09058

(Note: Attachments may not be available for recently filed cases and/or confidential documents.)

Seq. # Filing Date Description Attachment
1 06/12/2020 NOTICE OF APPEAL : 06/12/2020
2 06/12/2020 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT : 06/17/2020
3 06/17/2020 Rec'd $125.00 Filing Fee (receipt #27760)
4 06/17/2020 NOT. OF FILING NOT. OF APPEAL AND PROOF OF SERV.
5 06/17/2020 Notice Served on Jacey L. Johnston and Jessie L. VanCamp
6 06/25/2020 Acknowledgment of Appeal from Michelle Bredemeier
7 07/13/2020 ELEC. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED JULY 10, 2020 (ENTRY NOS. 1-62)
8 08/14/2020 ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPT DATED MARCH 16, 2020
9 08/14/2020 Transcript C.O.S.
10 08/18/2020 ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED AUGUST 17, 2020 (ENTRY NOS. 63-65)
11 09/23/2020 APPELLANT BRIEF View
12 09/23/2020 APPELLANT APPENDIX
13 09/23/2020 Oral Argument Request by Appellant
14 09/25/2020 Rec'd non-substantive corrections to ATB & ATA
15 09/28/2020 Rec'd $5.00 for ATA (over page limit) (receipt # 27833)
16 09/29/2020 Rec'd 5 copies of ATB & 4 copies of ATA from CSD
17 10/23/2020 APPELLEE BRIEF View
18 10/27/2020 Rec'd 5 copies of AEB from CSD
19 11/06/2020 REPLY BRIEF View
20 11/13/2020 Rec'd 5 copies of RYB from CSD
21 11/16/2020 NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
22 12/07/2020 APPEARANCES: Jacey L. Johnston & Olivia A. Jureidini; Jessie L. VanCamp
23 12/07/2020 ARGUED: Jacey L. Johnston; Jessie L. VanCamp
24 12/07/2020 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
25 02/18/2021 DISPOSITION
26 02/18/2021 SPLIT OPINION : McEvers, Lisa K. Fair View
27 02/18/2021 CONCUR : Jensen, Jon J.
28 02/18/2021 CONCUR : Crothers, Daniel John
29 02/18/2021 Costs on appeal taxed in favor of Appellee
30 02/19/2021 Judgment
31 03/15/2021 MANDATE