Classification of Lawsuit Proceeds as Marital Property and Valuation of Unvested Pension in Tennessee Divorce: Lane v. Lane

Facts: Shortly after marrying in 2006, Husband was injured at work. When Husband was injured and unable to work, Wife cared for him. He filed a workers’ compensation claim and a products liability lawsuit and received financial settlements from both. Wife was also named as a co-plaintiff in the products liability lawsuit. Husband claimed that he and Wife […]

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Garnishing Retirement Accounts to Satisfy Judgment for Attorney’s Fees: Massey v. Casals

Facts: In a post-divorce child support modification proceeding, Father was ordered to pay Mother’s attorney’s fees in the amount of $22,000. To satisfy this judgment, Mother issued garnishments against Father’s E*Trade IRA accounts. Father filed a motion to quash the garnishments, which motion was denied by the trial court. Father appealed. On Appeal: The Court […]

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Qualified Domestic Relations Orders in Tennessee Divorce: Stiel v. Stiel

Facts: Husband and Wife divorced in June 1995 after 14 years of marriage. The parties entered into a marital dissolution agreement giving Wife one-half the value of Husband’s retirement plan earned during the marriage. Specifically, the Final Decree of Divorce provides “[t]hat . . . the General Motors retirement plan value earned during the marriage […]

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