No Automatic Entitlement to Federal Tax Exemption in Chattanooga, TN Divorce: Bidelman-Dye v. Dye

Facts: Mother and Father divorced in Chattanooga. Mother was designated the primary residential parent for Child. Husband was ordered to pay child support. Many issues were disputed and appealed. The only one I find of interest concerns the allocation of the federal tax exemption for Child. Regarding the federal tax exemption, the trial court ordered […]

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Interest on Overpayment of Child Support and Allocation of Tax Exemptions Disputed in Williamson County Divorce: Blankenship v. Cox

Facts: Mother and Father divorced in 2000. Years later, Father petitioned to modify his child support obligation. When the trial court granted Father’s petition and made the modification retroactive to the date Father filed his petition, it was determined that Father had overpaid his child support by $41,683. Father was awarded a judgment in that […]

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Tennessee Family Law Opinions That Didn’t Make The Cut

The appellate courts in Tennessee issue a lot of family law opinions that don’t make it onto the blog for one reason or another. My subjective determination that an opinion is not “blogworthy” turns on my perception of the opinion’s usefulness to Tennessee lawyers and litigants. It could be a case where the issue appealed […]

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Federal Income Tax Exemption and Child Support in Tennessee: Crews v. Staggs

Facts: Juvenile Court ordered a Parenting Plan for Mother and Father that established Father’s child support obligation. After a hearing, the trial court determined the federal income tax exemption for Child would be rotated yearly between the parents. Mother appealed. On Appeal: The Court of Appeals reversed and remanded. Setting child support is a discretionary […]

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