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Tennessee case summary on property division and classification in divorce. Dana Darnell v. Mark Darnell The husband and wife in this Bradley County, Tennessee, case had been married for about five years by the time of their 2017 divorce.  It was the second marriage for the wife, who had received a piece of real property in her first divorce, and the proceeds were in a savings account in her name. A trial was held, and…
Tennessee child custody modification case summary. In re Makinna B. The child in this Montgomery County, Tennessee, case was born to unmarried parents in 2014.  The father then filed a petition to confirm parentage.  Before the hearing was held, the father moved to St. Paul, Minnesota to live with his father and go to school.  In 2016, the trial court, Judge Kenneth R. Goble, entered a permanent parenting plan naming the mother as the primary…
Tennessee alimony divorce case summary after 23 years married. Richard Alan Pearson v. Christen Creighton Pearson The husband and wife in this Shelby County, Tennessee, case were married in 1995.  The parties had two children, and the wife had three children from a prior marriage, but all of the children were adults when the husband filed for divorce in 2015.  The husband had started working for his family business in 1985, and the company was…
Tennessee case summary on recusal in divorce. Laurie Elizabeth Lee v. Bryan Mitchell Lee The mother in this Knox County, Tennessee, case filed a petition to modify the permanent parenting plan, and the case was set for trial in December 2018.  The father filed an in limine motion which was to be heard the same day as the trial. The day before the scheduled trial, the mother’s attorney became ill with a stomach virus.  The…
Tennessee case summary on judicial recusal in divorce. Marian Neamtu v. Iveta Neamtu The husband and wife in this Davidson County, Tennessee, case were divorced in 2007, at which time the wife was found to be suffering from Lyme Disease and unemployable.  The husband was ordered to pay $1,200 per month in alimony until death or remarriage. In 2016, the husband filed a petition to terminate the alimony on the grounds that the wife had…
Tennessee case summary on recusal in divorce. Pamela Diane Stark v. Joe Edward Stark The wife in this Shelby County, Tennessee case filed for divorce in 2018.  The husband was a Memphis police officer, and the wife was an attorney working for the district attorney general.  The wife made a claim that the husband committed domestic violence.  The wife scheduled various depositions, and the husband made a motion requesting that the depositions be held at…
Tennessee case summary on enforcement of sale of real property after divorce. James V. Holleman v. Barbara J. Holleman The husband in this Knox County, Tennessee, case filed for divorce in 2005.  The parties eventually came to an agreement, and the trial court approved a marital dissolution agreement in 2006.  The agreement specified that a piece of property owned by the parties would be put on the market, with the proceeds divided between them.  In…
Tennessee case summary on the divorce process. Kelly R. Harris v. Lonnie C. Harris The husband and wife in this Knox County, Tennessee, case were married in 1995 and had two minor children.  In 2015, the wife filed for divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences and inappropriate marital conduct.  The husband filed an answer admitting irreconcilable differences, but alleged that it was the wife who had engaged in inappropriate marital conduct. In 2017, the…
Tennessee child custody case summary on parental relocation. Eddie J. Smith, Jr., v. Theresa Y. Peoples After the mother relocated from Tennessee to Florida with the minor child, the father brought a petition in Montgomery County, Tennessee, in which he alleged that the mother had blatantly violated both the permanent parenting plan and the Tennessee parental relocation statute.  He requested that the parenting plan be modified, and that the mother be held in criminal contempt. …
Illinois child support case summary. Horse related expenses can be extracurricular activities in Illinois. In re Marriage of Donald R. Hamilton, Jr., v. Mary L. Hamilton The mother and father in this Monroe County, Illinois, case were married in 1998.  The mother had one son from a previous marriage, and two children were born during the marriage.  Only one of the children, a daughter, was a minor at the time of their divorce. In 2010,…