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United States v. Wood
Citation:877 F.2d 453
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When Mr. and Ms. Wood (defendant) divorced, the two parties entered into a property settlement agreement. Under the agreement, Mr. Wood would convey his interest in the marital home if Ms. Wood promised to pay the tax debts Mr. Wood owed to the United States (plaintiff). The Woods later executed an addendum to the property settlement agreement, which provided that Mr. Wood would waive any interests in the sale proceeds of the marital home and would quitclaim his right of redemption. The marital home was sold for $126,471.01, but Ms. Wood did not use the proceeds of the sale to pay Mr. Wood’s tax liabilities. The United States sued Ms. Wood. The district court found that the United States was a direct beneficiary of the Woods’ property settlement agreement. Ms. Wood appealed.
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