Facebook Posts Lead to Order of Protection in Memphis, Tennessee: Purifoy v. Mafa

Facts: Woman works as a Legal Aid staff attorney representing domestic-violence victims. Man is an occupational therapist with PhD’s from both Oxford and Cambridge in England. In 2013, Man’s ex-girlfriend sought an order of protection against him. Woman was a fact witness who briefly testified in the hearing. The order of protection was denied. Eight […]

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Postdivorce Abuse of Process Action Leads to Dismissal and Sanctions against Lawyer in Chattanooga, TN: Parvin v. Newman

Facts: During the pendency of Husband and Wife’s divorce proceedings, Wife filed a motion asking that Husband be held in civil contempt for failing to pay certain expenses and perform certain acts as he had been ordered. Husband and Wife eventually settled their divorce, and the trial court adopted their settlement agreement. That agreement provided that […]

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Agreed Child Support Order Not Void in Memphis Child Support Modification: State ex rel. Rogers v. Lewis

Facts: Mother and Father are the unmarried parents of Child. All the way back in 1999, the trial court approved the parties’ agreed order establishing paternity, awarding custody to Mother, ordering Father to pay Child’s birth expenses and medical insurance, and stating that the parties agreed no additional child support should be owed. Despite this […]

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Enforcement Provision in Marital Dissolution Agreement Compels Attorney’s Fee Award in Rhea Co., TN Divorce: Panda v. Panda

Facts: After 26 years of marriage, Husband and Wife divorced. The trial court approved their marital dissolution agreement (MDA) that addressed the division of assets and debt accumulated during the marriage. Among other things, the MDA directed that until the marital residence was sold, Husband and Wife would equally divide the mortgage payment, insurance, and […]

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Trial Court Reversed for Failing to Award Attorney’s Fees in Nashville Child Support Modification: In Re Jasmine G.

Facts: Mother and Father are the unmarried parents of Child. When they separated, Mother was designated the primary residential parent and Father was ordered to pay child support. Six years later, Mother petitioned to modify child support and requested an award of attorney’s fees. Father counter-petitioned for a change of primary custody. After the trial, […]

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Attorney’s Fees Reversed in Nashville, TN Child Support Case: Carter v. Carter

Facts: Father filed a petition to modify child support alleging a decrease in his income. After a hearing, the trial court modified and reduced Father’s child support obligation retroactive to the date he filed his petition to modify. The trial court also ordered Mother to pay $10,000 toward Father’s attorney’s fees and expenses. Mother appealed. […]

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Contempt and Attorney’s Fees at Issue in Sparta, TN Post-Divorce Hearing: Cremeens v. Cremeens

Facts: In this post-divorce action, Father filed a petition to hold Mother in contempt for violating the parenting plan by making derogatory statements about him to their child. The trial court found Mother in civil contempt for making derogatory statements about Father to Child in violation of the parenting plan, and awarded Father attorney’s fees […]

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Court Divided over Attorney’s Fees as Lump Sum Alimony in Paris, TN Divorce: Gladwell v. Gladwell

Facts:Husband and Wife divorced after 16 years of marriage. Wife is an orthopedic surgeon. Husband is an engineer who was a stay-at-home parent during the latter part of the marriage. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home parent, Husband earned a six-figure salary. The trial court equitably divided the marital estate. Wife was awarded assets valued at $1.65 million. […]

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Alimony Modification After Retirement Reversed in Memphis: Malkin v. Malkin

Facts: Husband and Wife divorced in 1998. Wife was awarded alimony in futuro of $3500 per month until her death or remarriage. Five years later, the trial court reduced Husband’s monthly alimony obligation to $2870 because of a decline in Husband’s income. Years later, Husband petitioned to modify his alimony obligation on the grounds that […]

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Allocation of Travel Expenses After Parental Relocation Affirmed in Williamson County, TN: Dahl v. Young

Facts: Mother and Father divorced in 2010. Mother was named the primary residential parent and was awarded 223 days of parenting time to Father’s 142 days. Two years later, Mother married an officer in the United States Navy. Mother’s husband received orders requiring him to move to Virginia. Mother notified Father of her desire to relocate […]

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