Court Denied the Partitioning of Real Property

Michelle Herman v. Anthony Lamanna, Sr.

Docket No. A-0049-21

Decided September 7, 2022

Submitted by New Jersey Family Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark.

In a recent unpublished opinion, the Appellate Court of New Jersey affirmed the trial court’s order denying the partitioning of real property and granting a money judgment to Plaintiff. In this matter, the parties began dating in 1997 and had a child together in 2002. The Defendant purchased a home in his name alone, and the parties lived in Defendant’s residence for seven years. The Plaintiff contributed $350 per month for home maintenance and child-related expenses. The parties had their second child in 2006. In 2009, the Plaintiff purchased a home in her name alone, and the parties lived in that residence for the last seven years of their relationship and also shared monthly living expenses. The Defendant kept the rental income from his own home, and the parties subsequently separated in 2017.

The Plaintiff sought repayment of the money Defendant had borrowed from her, income tax refunds he took from her, and credit card charges. Defendant filed a counterclaim seeking repayment of the money he spent on her house or an interest in the house. After the conclusion of the trial, the trial court noted that it had found the Plaintiff credible and the Defendant not credible. The trial court found that the funds Defendant had contributed were to support the children, declined to partition Plaintiff’s home, and rejected a constructive trust. Additionally, the trial court found that the Plaintiff gifted the income tax refunds to the Defendant but Defendant forged Plaintiff’s signature and was responsible for loans she had given him.

At Hark & Hark, we are experienced attorneys who represent clients for appeals in Superior Court for issues like the previously discussed case pertaining to the partitioning of real property and the various issues that come about as a result. We work hard to ensure that our clients receive exceptional representation in order for them to receive the most favorable outcome in their case as a result.

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Jeffrey Hark is a New Jersey Civil and Criminal Lawyer.

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