Quitting a Higher-Paying Job Before Getting Fired Does Not Lead to Voluntary Underemployment in Murfreesboro, TN Child Support Case: Smith v. Smith

Facts: After the parties’ divorced, Mother was ordered to pay child support. A few years later, Mother petitioned to modify her child-support obligation, alleging that her income had substantially decreased while Father’s income had substantially increased. The proof at trial showed Mother had been unable to meet her employer’s performance goals. Sensing that she was […]

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No Voluntary Underemployment for Child Support Affirmed in Williamson County, TN: State ex rel. Brown v. Brown

Facts: Mother and Father divorced in 2008. Father’s child support obligation was set at $29 per month. In 2014, Mother filed a petition to modify child support based on an increase in Father’s income and a decrease in Mother’s income. At trial, the parties agreed on all the relevant data used to¬†calculate child support. The […]

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Finding of Voluntary Underemployment for Child Support Reversed in Memphis Divorce: Rogin v. Rogin

Facts: Mother and Father are the parents of two children. Both parents were educated at Ivy League universities and earned Masters of Business Administration degrees from Vanderbilt University. After approximately nine years of marriage, they divorced. At trial in 2012, Father testified that he lost his job in October 2008 due to cutbacks in his […]

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Imputed Income for Child Support in Tennessee and Rehabilitative Alimony: Velez v. Velez

Facts: After 12.5 years of marriage, the parties divorced. They have two minor children. During the marriage, Father was in the U.S. Navy and at times deployed overseas. Husband earned $70,000 per year. Mother was predominantly a stay-at-home mother, but occasionally worked minimum wage jobs. She testified she wished to obtain obtain a degree in […]

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