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Patricia Pollock and William Lawrence Pollock
01:30 PM
Supreme Court Case 3
David N. Hobson, Jr., William R. Valent, and Lesley V. Herring on behalf of Patricia Pollock
Helen C. Tompkins on behalf of William Lawrence Pollock
Statement of Issues:
Patricia Pollock and William Lawrence Pollock (S062000) (A147846) (appeal from Yamhill County Circuit Court; opinion reported at 259 Or App 230, 313 P3d 367 (2013)).

Petitioner Patricia Pollock has been granted review of a Court of Appeals decision that, in part, reversed and remanded a property division in a marital dissolution case on the basis that the trial court had erred in interpreting the terms of a marital settlement agreement between the parties and had not yet determined whether the settlement agreement, as properly interpreted, represented a just and proper division of the parties' divisible property under ORS 107.105(1)(f).

On review, the issues are:

(1) Does ORS 107.104(1)(a) authorize a trial court to specifically enforce provisions of mediated agreements between spouses that have not yet been reduced to judgment, irrespective of whether those provisions are equitable, because such enforcement supports the Oregon policy of promoting settlement?

(2) Does a statement in the parties' mediated agreement to the effect that the agreement was to "resolve all claims between the parties" necessarily suggest waiver by the parties of their rights to pursue discovery beyond the signing of the mediated agreement?

(3) Should a trial court presume that parties to a mediated agreement pending divorce have fully considered the nature and extent of the parties' assets?

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