In a jury trial, the court must submit to the jury the instructions and definitions needed for it to render a verdict. The court cannot comment directly on the weight of the evidence, but an incidental comment on the weight of the evidence may be acceptable. Tex. R. Civ. P. 277. A husband recently appealed his divorce decree, arguing the trial court erred in failing to give a requested jury instruction and improperly commenting on the weight of the evidence.
According to the appeals court, the husband petitioned for divorce in August 2019, seeking a disproportionate share of the marital estate and alleging the wife committed fraud on the marriage. He asked the court to confirm the marital residence was part separate property and set aside a 2019 gift warranty deed conveying it to the wife. He alleged the deed was “done by mistake, undue influence, and under duress.”
The wife disputed the husband’s claims of mistake or fraud. She also sought a disproportionate share of the property and requested exclusive possession and use of the residence.