Home ISRAEL E. GOREN vs. SOPHIE GOREN.

310 Mass. 284

October 9, 1941 - November 24, 1941

Suffolk County

Present: FIELD, C.J., DONAHUE, QUA, COX, & RONAN, JJ.

Findings by a judge of probate who heard a libel for divorce were not shown by the reported evidence to have been plainly wrong, although based in part upon uncorroborated testimony by the libellant.

LIBEL for divorce, filed in the Probate Court for the county of Suffolk on May 13, 1940.

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The case was heard by Dillon, J.

A. Hurwitz, for the libellee.

J. H. Cinamon, for the libellant.


COX, J. The libellee appealed from a decree of the Probate Court granting a divorce on the ground of desertion. The evidence is reported, and, in accordance with G. L. (Ter. Ed.) c. 215, Section 11, the trial judge reported the material facts. In the circumstances, the findings of the judge will not be reversed unless plainly wrong. Callan v. Callan, 280 Mass. 37 , 39, and cases cited. We are of opinion that there was no error.

The libellee's principal contention is that the judge ought not to have believed the libellant, who was a witness. It is true that much of his testimony is uncorroborated, but this does not make it unbelievable. Robbins v. Robbins, 100 Mass. 150 . We have examined the eighty pages of evidence in the record, and cannot say that the judge who heard, and also saw, the witnesses was plainly wrong, in effect, in believing the libellant, and in finding that he had sustained the burden of proof. See Keenan v. Keenan, 219 Mass. 107 ; Drew v. Drew, 250 Mass. 41 , 44; Harrington v. Harrington, 254 Mass. 506 .

Decree affirmed.