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Question 1

Larry and Brenda live in Washington, a community property state. Larry acquired stock in his family's business as follows: 25% before the marriage, 25% during the marriage, and 50% after he filed for divorce. In a property distribution, how much would Brenda receive?

Question 2

Larry and Brenda live in Washington, a community property state. Larry inherited stock in his family's business as follows: 25% before the marriage (from his deceased uncle), 25% during the marriage (from his deceased aunt) and 50% after he filed for divorce (from his deceased grandfather). In a property distribution, how much would Brenda receive?

Question 3

Jack has $50,000 in a money market account he has owned since before his marriage to Jill. Jill, full of vengeance, wants the account to be part of their equitable distribution settlement. What will result?

Question 4

Chloe brings a divorce action against her husband, Dustin, who is a successful plastic surgeon. She caught him cheating on her with one of the nurses at the hospital. She had aspirations of becoming a nurse; however, she gave up that dream to work as a school teacher to help put him through medical school. She seeks equitable distribution of both his professional license and the value of his practice. Furthermore, she seeks additional alimony based on his increased income from entering a lucrative private practice group of doctors. What will the court grant?

Question 5

Dan worked for the telephone company. When he separated from his wife Fran, he had accumulated 72 of 78 points needed for his retirement benefits to vest. Fran petitioned for an equitable distribution of the non-vested benefits. What will result?

Question 6

Matt was an attorney before he married his wife Cathy. During the marriage he gave up his small law practice to become a senator. After two terms, Matt resigned and returned to private practice, accepting a lucrative partnership with the leading law firm in his home town. While they were married, Cathy was a housewife. During the property distribution stage of his divorce from Cathy, how would the court value his new position?