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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Attorney’s Fees Award Reduced in Memphis Child Custody Dispute: Coleman v. Coleman

Facts: Mother and Father divorced in 2003. Father had regular, unsupervised parenting time with their children. In 2006, Mother petitioned to modify the parenting plan and temporarily suspend Father’s parenting time because Mother alleged Father was addicted to drugs and alcohol. She also requested recovery of her reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses. After discovery had […]

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Court Divided On “Prevailing Party” in Nashville Divorce: Williams v. Williams

Facts: Husband and Wife executed a marital dissolution agreement (“MDA”) which was approved by the court and made part of their final divorce decree. The MDA awarded a piece of real property to Husband but required him to satisfy the mortgage debt within 90 days such that Wife would no longer be liable on the […]

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No Duress in Knoxville, Tennessee Divorce: Janoyan v. Janoyan

Facts: During their divorce litigation, Husband and Wife agreed up and signed a marital dissolution agreement (“MDA”) and parenting plan. Two weeks later, Wife filed a pleading indicating she wanted to rescind her previous agreement to the MDA and parenting plan. Husband subsequently filed a motion to enforce the agreements. At the hearing, Wife alleged she […]

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Permanent Alimony Reversed in Roane Co., TN Divorce: Calloway v. Calloway

Facts: Husband and Wife divorced after 38 years of marriage. Wife was 58 years old at the time of trial and earned approximately $60,000 as a schoolteacher. Husband was 59 years old and earned approximately $134,000 as a welding inspector. Wife was granted a divorce on the grounds of Husband’s adultery. Wife was awarded the […]

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Sanctions for Discovery Abuse Affirmed in Williamson County Divorce: Berg v. Berg

Facts: The parties divorced after 32 years of marriage. They survived mostly on substantial passive income from minority interests in several family businesses Husband inherited. Wife argued these entities, inherited from Husband’s parents, were marital property rather than Husband’s separate property. In pursuit of this theory, Wife engaged multiple consulting expert witnesses. By the time the […]

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Cohabitation with Widowed Mother Leads to Termination of Permanent Alimony in Gallatin, TN Post-Divorce Dispute: Myrick v. Myrick

Facts: At mediation, Husband and Wife settled their case and agreed to the terms of a marital dissolution agreement (“MDA”). The alimony provision of the MDA provides: The Husband agrees to pay to the Wife as alimony in futuro the sum of two thousand ($2,000.00) dollars per month, until the Wife dies or remarries, until […]

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Attorney’s Fee Lien Upheld in 2-1 Decsision in High Net Worth Divorce in Memphis: Coleman v. Coleman

Facts: Wife, a litigant in a pending divorce, retained a Washington, D.C. attorney  (“Attorney”) to advise her on business issues related to the parties’ largest marital asset, an international business. Attorney’s contract included a provision granting Attorney an attorney’s lien on any recovery Wife might obtain, in order to ensure the collection of the attorney’s fees […]

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