Appeal from the Lake County Superior Court, The Honorable James Danikolas, Judge, Cause No. 384-1293
Staton, J., Hoffman, J., Neal, J., Concur.
Adrene Brown (Adrene) appeals the trial court's judgment dissolving her marriage to Melvin Brown (Melvin). This appeal raises three issues:
1. Whether the trial court's division of marital property is contrary to law by being unjust and unreasonable.
2. Whether the trial court's child support order was an abuse of discretion.
3. Whether the trial court abused its discretion in not awarding attorney fees.
Remanded and affirmed as modified.
Adrene and Melvin were married on March 21, 1974. They were separated on September 27, 1984, and the marriage was dissolved on March 5, 1986. Two children were born during the marriage. Melvin has been employed by Inland Steel for 22 years and earns approximately $34,000.00 per year. Adrene has worked as a Teacher's Aide for ten years and earns approximately $8,000.00 per year.
The trial court entered the following decree:
1. That the Respondent mother is awarded custody of the parties' two (2) minor children with reasonable rights of visitation to the father with twenty-four (24) hour notice to the mother.
2. That the husband is awarded the martial [sic] real estate located at 2380 Chase Street, Gary, Indiana. That the husband shall pay the remaining mortgage balance and shall hold the wife harmless from the payment. That the husband shall pay the sum of Three Thousand Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($3,250.00) to wife within six (6) months which represents her share of the equity.
3. That the husband shall be awarded the real estate located at 417 Harrison, Gary, Indiana. That the husband shall pay the wife Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) within six (6) months for her share of the equity and the husband shall be responsible for the entire debt at Inland Steel Credit Union.
4. That the father shall pay all reasonable medical, dental, and optical expenses for the ...