The issue again was sent back to family court, but Jewell appealed again, this time with the state Supreme Court.
She argued Raleigh Circuit Court was wrong to reverse the contempt and distribution
orders, citing that her ex-husband had appealed only the contempt order and arguing that gave the court no jurisdiction over the distribution order.
Jack argued the circuit court's ruling was correct and contended the assets of his company, of which he is the sole owner, are not marital property and family court didn't have jurisdiction over the business assets.
The Supreme Court agreed with the circuit court opinion that family court didn't have jurisdiction over the business assets for the purposes of equitable distribution.
But the high court pointed out that the order issued by Raleigh Family Court didn't demand that Jack transfer a portion of the business assets to Jewell. Rather, he voluntarily agreed to it.
The fact that Jack voluntarily agreed to the settlement caused the Supreme Court to assert that family court had jurisdiction to enforce the settlement agreement and find Jack in contempt for not turning over the assets.
The matter now is back under the jurisdiction of Raleigh Family Court.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.