ROBYN M. TATE Plaintiff-Appellee
BRUCE E. TATE, ET AL. Defendants-Appellants
from the Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division,
Case No. 15DR019
Plaintiff-Appellee LON R. VINION
Defendants-Appellants JAMES M. RICHARD, ALETHA M. CARVER,
GRANT A. MASON
Patricia A. Delaney, P.J. Hon. W. Scott Gwin, J. Hon. Earle
E. Wise, Jr., J.
1} Defendants-Appellants, Bruce E. Tate (Case No. 17CA013)
and Tate Farms Company, Ltd. and Tate Farms, a Partnership
(Case No. 17CA014), appeal the June 26, 2017 statement of the
case, findings of fact, conclusions of law, and decision
filed nunc pro tunc by the Court of Common Pleas of Holmes
County, Ohio, Domestic Relations Division. Plaintiff-Appellee
is Robyn M. Tate.
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
2} On February 14, 1998, Bruce Tate and appellee were
married. No children were born as issue of the marriage.
3} In 1997, prior to the parties' marriage, Bruce,
together with father, mother, and brother, formed Tate Farms
Company, Ltd. In 2004, the same parties entered into a
written partnership agreement, forming Tate Farms, a
4} On March 10, 2015, appellee filed a complaint for divorce
against Bruce, and also named the Tate Farms entities.
5} On June 23, 2015, the Tate Farms entities filed a motion
to dismiss. The trial court took the matter under advisement.
6} Hearings were held on September 19, 21, 22, 23, 29, and
October 10, 2016. At the conclusion of the September 29, 2016
hearing, the Tate Farms entities moved for a directed
verdict. By judgment entry filed October 11, 2016, the trial
court granted the motion and dismissed the Tate Farms
entities from the case.
7} On October 28, 2016, the Tate Farms entities filed a
motion for sanctions followed by an affidavit detailing the
attorney fees incurred.
8} On February 13, 2017, the trial court issued a statement
of the case, findings of fact, and conclusions of law. The
trial court referred to attached Exhibits A, B, and C which
were not attached. Also on February 13, 2017, the trial court