WVC 48 - 7 - 501
PART 5. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS RELATING
TO EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION.
§48-7-501. Retroactive effect of amendments.
Amendments made to the provisions of former article two of
this chapter during the regular session of the Legislature in the
year one thousand nine hundred eighty-four, shall be of retroactive
effect to the extent that such amended provisions shall apply to
the distribution of marital property, but not an award of spousal
support, in all actions filed under the provisions of former
article two of this chapter after the twenty-fifth day of May, one
thousand nine hundred eighty-three, or actions pending on that date
in which a claim for equitable distribution of marital property had
been pleaded: Provided
, That the amendments are not applicable to
actions where, prior to the effective date of the amendments, there
has been a final decree entered or the taking of evidence has been
completed and the case has been submitted for decision.