Submitted On Briefs: July 20, 2016
District Court docket number FM-2015-13
C. Peterson, Esq., West Rockport, for appellant Todd Hanson.
W. Baiungo, Esq., Belfast, for appellee Kristin (Hanson]
SAUFLEY, C.J., and ALEXANDER, MEAD, GORMAN, JABAR, HJELM, and
Todd Hanson appeals from a divorce judgment entered in the
District Court (Belfast, Worth, J.), which ordered,
in part, that Kristin (Hanson] Hutt would receive the first
$325, 000 in net proceeds upon the sale of any of five
parcels of real estate owned by the parties to compensate
Hutt for her nonmarital interest in one parcel and her
investment of her nonmarital funds to pay off a marital debt.
See 19-A M.R.S. § 953(l]-(3] (2015]. Hanson
argues that the court erred in not specifically addressing
each factor listed in section 953(1], clearly erred in its
findings of fact, and abused its discretion in its division
of property. Because the record supports the equitable
division of marital property ordered by the court, we affirm.
After a contested hearing regarding property division and
spousal support issues, the court made the following
findings, which are supported by the trial record. See
Ehret v. Ehret, 2016 ME 43, ¶ 2, 135 A.3d 101.
When Hutt commenced this action, the parties had been married
for about seventeen years. They have two minor children
together; parental rights issues were resolved and were not
contested at trial. The parties own or have an interest in
six parcels of real property:  a parcel in Northport
containing the marital home;  a parcel in Northport next
to the marital home consisting of forty-eight to fifty acres
of land and containing a garage with an apartment over it
("the carriage house lot"];  property in Old
Town owned by a limited liability company [LLC], "of
which the parties collectively own 51%";  property in
Bucksport owned by a second LLC, which the parties wholly
own;  property in Lincoln owned by a third LLC, which the
parties wholly own; and  an undeveloped parcel in
Northport, which was a gift to Hutt alone.
Hutt's mother and stepfather conveyed the carriage house
lot as a gift to Hutt alone during the course of the
marriage. Her stepfather intended that Hutt alone would own
the parcel, which was unimproved land when it was
transferred. The land, without improvements, is worth $75,
000. Hutt and Hanson improved the land with earthwork and by
constructing the garage and apartment.
During the marriage, Hutt received $250, 000 in life
insurance proceeds upon her mother's death. Hutt paid off
a marital debt related to the property in Bucksport with
Hutt filed a complaint for divorce in January 2015. The
parties attended mediation twice and resolved child-related
and some property issues prior to the contested trial. After
the trial, the court entered a divorce judgment granting the
parties a divorce on the ground of ...