Appeal from The Family Court In and for the Parish of East
Baton Rouge State of Louisiana Trial Court Number F 197, 910
Honorable Hunter Greene, Judge Presiding
Greenhouse Baton Rouge, Louisiana Attorney for Plaintiff/
Appellee, Tamika Major
S. Hunter Baton Rouge, Louisiana Attorney for Defendant/
Appellant, Corey Major
BEFORE: HIGGINBOTHAM, HOLDRIDGE, AND PENZATO, JJ.
an appeal from a judgment granting exclusive use of a Jeep
Wrangler to Tamika Major. For the following reasons, we
dismiss this appeal.
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
and Corey Major were married on February 18, 2006, and one
child, CM., was born on December 25, 2012. On January 23,
2015, Ms. Major filed a petition for divorce and to partition
the community property. A judgment of divorce was rendered on
November 2, 2016. On February 27, 2017, Ms. Major filed a
petition to partition community property, seeking exclusive
use and occupancy of the former matrimonial domicile and
exclusive use of the community Jeep Wrangler, pending the
matter came before the court on March 14, 2017, at which time
it was established that Ms. Major was the primary domiciliary
parent. The trial court heard testimony at the hearing
regarding the economic status of the parties. Mr. Major
testified that he had worked for Turner Industry, but
"was out on an injury." He also ran Brownies
Kitchen and Grocery, a business he purchased for his
nineteen-year-old daughter. In addition, Mr. Major worked at
his cousin's car dealership, Los Amigos, selling used
cars. With regard to the Jeep Wrangler, Mr. Major testified
that he did not have the vehicle in his possession, but that
he had been "in it" on Christmas and that he was
thinking about purchasing it, or selling the vehicle to make
a profit. He testified that the vehicle was owned by Los
Amigos, and acknowledged that he had purchased parts to
repair it. Ms. Major testified that she was certain that Mr.
Major owned the Jeep Wrangler, and that he had never before
denied that he owned it.
oral reasons for judgment at the conclusion of the March 14,
2017 hearing, the trial court stated that with regard to the
Jeep Wrangler and considering the best interest of the family
and the economic status of the parties:
I don't have a comfort level that Mr. Major has been ...
straightforward and therefore, I'm going to grant
exclusive use of the Jeep Wrangler ... to Ms. Major.
Because that's the only evidence I have is that he's
driving it and buying parts. I don't have any evidence
contradicting that, that it's not owned by him.
judgment was signed on April 12, 2017, granting Ms. Major
exclusive use and occupancy of the matrimonial domicile, and
exclusive use of the Jeep Wrangler.
Major appeals only the part of the April 12, 2017 judgment
granting exclusive use of the Jeep Wrangler to Ms. Major,
asserting that the vehicle was not a community ...