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Matteson v. Matteson

Court of Civil Appeals of Texas, Beaumont
Jun 22, 1944
181 S.W.2d 877 (Tex. Civ. App. 1944)


No. 4240.

June 22, 1944.

Appeal from District Court, Nacogdoches County; H. T. Brown, Judge.

Suit for divorce by Arlie V. Matteson against Mrs. Bernice Matteson. From a judgment sustaining defendant's plea in abatement and dismissing the case, plaintiff appeals.

Judgment affirmed.

S. M. Adams, of Nacogdoches, for appellant.

C. C. Denman, of Nacogdoches, for appellee.

Arlie V. Matteson filed a suit for divorce against Bernice Matteson in district court of Nacogdoches county on November 23, 1943. From a judgment sustaining the plea in abatement of the defendant and dismissing the case, the plaintiff in the trial court has appealed.

The ground relied upon in the plea in abatement was that the plaintiff had not resided in Nacogdoches county, Texas, for six months next preceding the filing of his suit.

Arlie V. Matteson and his wife were married and resided in Harris county, Texas, in January, 1940. They separated in July, 1941, while residing in Harris county. He registered under the national Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, 50 U.S.C.A. Appendix, § 301 et seq., in Harris county, and was inducted in the army from Harris county in September, 1942. After leaving his wife in July, 1941, he went to his former home in Nacogdoches county where his mother was then residing. After staying in Nacogdoches a short time, the exact period of which is uncertain from the testimony, he went to New Orleans and Shreveport, attending an air craft school in Shreveport. From there he went to Dallas and worked at the North American plant. He worked there until September, 1942, when he was inducted into the army. In September, 1942, he employed an attorney who filed a suit for divorce for him in Harris county, Texas. He has not resided in Nacogdoches county since his induction into the army. On January 30, 1944, he paid his poll tax in Nacogdoches county.

The appellant maintains that the intent of the person involved to maintain an established residence in a county is the governing factor in this case and that Arlie V. Matteson claimed Nacogdoches county as his home continuously from the time he separated from his wife in July, 1941, until the time he filed this suit in November, 1943.

We do not agree with the contention of appellant. The facts here do not comply with the requirements in R.S. 4631, Vernon's Ann.Civ.St. art. 4631, for actual residence on the part of a person seeking to maintain a suit for divorce. Dickinson v. Dickinson, Tex. Civ. App. 138 S.W. 205, 208; 16 Tex.Jur. 537.

We have read the case of Montmorency v. Montmorency, Tex. Civ. App. 139 S.W. 1168, cited by the appellant, but we do not believe that it has application here.

The judgment of the district court is affirmed.

Summaries of

Matteson v. Matteson

Court of Civil Appeals of Texas, Beaumont
Jun 22, 1944
181 S.W.2d 877 (Tex. Civ. App. 1944)
Case details for

Matteson v. Matteson

Case Details


Court:Court of Civil Appeals of Texas, Beaumont

Date published: Jun 22, 1944


181 S.W.2d 877 (Tex. Civ. App. 1944)

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