Sunday, April 27, 2008

Nebraska Supreme Court considers whether divorced wife may compel business executive husband to undergo medical examination so she could purchase a $1million life insurance policy to secure his payments. Nebraska Judicial Branch Case Summaries April 29 through May 2, 2008. S-07-529, Mary Kay Davis (Appellant) v. Henry Alan Davis (Appellee)

Douglas County District Court, Judge Patrick Mullen

Attorneys: William G. Dittrick and Kirk S. Blecha of Baird Holm (Appellant); John S. Slowiaczek and Virginia A. Albers of Lieben, Whitted, Houghton, Slowiaczek, and Cavanagh (Appellee).

Civil: Marital Dissolution

Proceedings Below: Parties stipulated to a “Post-Marital Agreement” which provided for dissolution of the marriage and division of property. The district court upheld the agreement and dissolved the marriage. Shortly thereafter, Mary attempted to take out life insurance on Henry’s life, which required that Henry submit to a physical examination. Henry declined and Mary petitioned for the district court to order Henry’s compliance. The district court denied Mary’s request and this appeal followed.

Issues: Whether the district court erred when it failed to order Henry to submit to a physical exam for purposes of allowing Mary Kay to obtain a life insurance policy on Henry’s life.

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