The Wisconsin Law Journal brought a recent case to my attention about a man who wrote up a contract with his brother to try and cheat his now ex-wife out of some of the family assets.
The terms of the contract were that Stanley, who was thinking of getting divorced, transferred 20 acres of land to his brother at a steep discount to prevent his soon to be ex-wife from getting any of it. The deal was that after the divorce, Thomas would transfer the property back. Only, Thomas decided to keep the property instead. When Stanley sued to enforce the contract, the Court’s refused to uphold it and assist Stanley with his fraud.
The opinion stated,
Because the court does not reward the perpetrator of a fraud upon the court, we affirm the trial court’s decision to void the contract and permit the parcel to be titled in Thomas’ name.
Oddly enough this leaves the now ex-wife with no ability to recover for her half of the property. Perhaps she could go after Stanley for her half through Family Court.
Either way, it just goes to show that what goes around comes around, and if you intend to create fraudulent contracts, don’t expect Wisconsin Courts to help you enforce them.