In a bizarre twist to a hotly disputed divorce in New York State, a doctor blew up his building in Manhattan -- a building that had been appraised at over $5 million. Sounds like "War of the Roses" ! The appellate decision would force him to sell the real estate. His explosion -- which he survived -- was apparently his way of saying, "If I can't have it, then neither can you."
The doctor had claimed that the building was his separate property, inherited from his parents. However, the appellate court held that it made no difference whose name was on the title. Title alone could not deprive the wife of her community interest in property that had been acquired with marital funds, that had been improved with marital funds, and that had appreciated due to efforts made by the wife.
Surely the result was in accord with some of Michigan's recent cases involving separate property claims -- Bone v Bone, 148 Mich App 834, 838 (1986); Hanaway v Hanaway, 208 Mich App 278 (1995); Reeves v Reeves, 226 Mich App 490, 575 NW2d 1 (1997).
For a light-hearted look at property division in a divorce, see this YouTube feature: