Excessive Sentence for Criminal Contempt Reversed in Tennessee: Simpkins v. Simpkins

Facts: Husband and Wife entered into a marital dissolution agreement (MDA) that was adopted by the trial court in their divorce. The MDA provided, in part, that both parties were prohibited from taking withdrawals against the home equity line of credit and required Husband to pay property taxes on the marital residence. Wife filed a petition […]

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Criminal Contempt and Violation of Order of Protection in Tennessee: Furlong v. Furlong

Facts: Husband and Wife separated. Wife obtained an order of protection against Husband after claiming she was “extremely afraid” of him. While the Order prohibited Husband from “coming about” Wife and gave her exclusive possession of the marital residence, it also directed Husband to come to the marital residence to repair Wife’s automobile and identified […]

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Mediation and Parenting Plans in Tennessee Divorce: Fletcher v. Fletcher

Facts: The parties, parents of two minor children, divorced pursuant to a marital dissolution agreement. After post-divorce custody disputes arose, the parties went through mediation and arrived at an agreed parenting plan signed by both parties. The next day, Mother repudiated the agreement. Father then filed a motion to enforce the mediation agreement. Mother requested an […]

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Gambling Winnings and Losses as Income for Child Support in Tennessee: Vivien v. Campbell

Facts: Mother and Father had a child out of wedlock. Paternity was established, thereby requiring a determination of child support. The key issue was the determination of Father’s income, which was derived from several sources, including his minority interest in a trucking company and, according to Mother, his prolific gambling. At the hearing, Mother presented […]

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Criminal Contempt and Orders of Protection in Tennessee: Worley v. Whitaker

Facts: Mother sought an Order of Protection against Father. Mother alleged Father placed her in fear by, inter alia, grabbing her, choking her, threatening her, stalking her, leaving threatening phone messages, sending threatening text messages, etc. The trial court entered the requested Ex Parte Order of Protection. Mother subsequently alleged Father violated the Order of Protection when […]

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Imputed Income for Child Support: Bowers v. Bowers

Facts: Wife and Husband were divorced, at which time Husband was ordered to pay child support. At the time of divorce, Wife’s income for child support purposes was determined to be $2000 per month. Years later, Wife filed a petition alleging Husband was in contempt for failing to pay his court-ordered child support and alimony. […]

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Interest on Child Support Arrearage in Tennessee: Jackson v. Jackson

Facts: Just days before the parents were divorced in 2001, Mother was arrested for solicitation to commit first degree murder after she allegedly attempted to hire someone to poison Father. In 2003, Mother was convicted and sent to prison for 8.5 years. After Mother’s release from prison, she filed raised numerous post-divorce issues. The only […]

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In re Alexandra J.D.

Facts: Child was born to unmarried parents. A co-parenting schedule was established with Mother as the primary residential parent. Problems ensued, which the Court summarized as follows: Numerous motions and responses have been filed in this protracted case. Father filed at least nine motions for contempt when Mother would not allow Father to pick up […]

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In re Keri C.

Facts: Mother tested positive for cocaine when Child was born prematurely so the Department of Children’s Services removed Child from Mother and eventually placed Child with relatives. Mother would see Child briefly at occasional family gatherings. When Mother announced her intent to seek custody of Child, the relatives petitioned to terminate Mother’s parental rights and […]

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Hall v. Hall

Facts: The parties were divorced in 1995. In 2001, Wife filed a petition to modify Husband’s child support obligation on the grounds of Husband’s increased income. After numerous hearings before different judicial officers (Special Masters, Judge) resulting in numerous interim findings, a final order was entered in 2009. The Child Support Guidelines are amended from […]

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