|Full Name||Ashley Sveen v. Kaye Melin|
|Short Name||Sveen v. Melin|
|Date Argued (Reargued)||March 19, 2018|
In 2002, Minnesota enacted legislation providing, in relevant part, that "the dissolution or annulment of a marriage revokes any revocable ... beneficiary designation ... made by an individual to the individual's former spouse." Minn. Stat. § 524.2-804, subd. 1. Thus, if a person designates a spouse as a life insurance beneficiary and later gets divorced, Minnesota law provides that the beneficiary designation is automatically revoked. At least twenty-eight other states have enacted similar revocation-upon-divorce statutes. The question presented is: Does the application of a revocation-upon-divorce statute to a contract signed before the statute's enactment violate the Contracts Clause?