Hankins v. Hankins

Facts: Parties were married 12 years but separated after seven. While parties were together, Wife contributed as a homemaker, stepparent, and was supportive of Husband’s business activities. After separation, Wife worked as a cocktail waitress earning $12,000-16,000 per year compared to Husband’s $60,000.

The Court of Appeals wrote:

The trial court determined that, in light of the property division and the parties’ respective earning capacities, and in light of the statutory factors, Ms. Hankins was entitled to alimony in futuro the amount of $1500 per month. As noted above, Mr. Hankins was awarded 52% of the marital estate and retained separate property of approximately $2,000,000. Additionally, at the time of the trial of this matter, he was earning in excess of $60,000 per year while Ms. Hankins’ income was less than $16,000 per year. We find no abuse of discretion and accordingly affirm the trial court’s judgment on this issue.

Hankins v. Hankins (Tenn. Ct. App. Mar. 26, 2010).

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K.O. Herston is a family-law attorney in Knoxville, Tennessee whose practice is devoted exclusively to family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, prenuptial agreements, and other aspects of family law.

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