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Tennessee child support case summary in divorce. Julie C. W. v. Frank Mitchell W., Jr. The husband and wife in this Davidson County, Tennessee, case were married in 2003.  Both parties were attorneys for the same firm.  The husband was a partner and the wife was a part-time staff attorney.  The husband’s income was considerably greater than the wife’s.  The husband was 16 years older than the wife.  The husband had two children from a…
Tennessee case summary on default judgments in divorce. Tawana S. Wilson v. Timothy L. Wilson In 2017, the wife in this Davidson County, Tennessee, case filed for divorce from her husband of almost sixteen years.  She requested spousal support and a division of property.  The husband never filed an answer, and over a year later, the wife moved for default judgment.  A hearing was held at which the husband did not appear. The wife, as…
Tennessee child custody case summary in divorce. Alice Faye Powers v. Stephen Edwin Powers The mother and father in this Humphreys County, Tennessee, case, were married in 2013 after the birth of their child in 2012.  They separated in 2016, after a physical altercation in a shopping center parking lot.  After the incident, the father pled guilty to domestic assault, and the mother filed for divorce. The final hearing was held in 2019, and the…
Tennessee child support case summary on income determination. Ronald Mercer v. Brandi Chiarella View oral arguments on YouTube. The parents in this Williamson County, Tennessee, case were never married and had one child together.  The father resided in Tennessee, and the mother, who was the primary residential parent, resided in Chicago.  Most recently, the father had been awarded 86 days per year of parenting time, and his child support obligation had been set at…
Tennessee child custody modification and attorney’s fees case summary. Katherine Marie Lugo v. Hector Santiago Lugo The mother and father in this Shelby County, Tennessee (Judge James R. Russell) case were the parents of two children when they divorced in 2017.  They agreed to a permanent parenting plan, but five months later, the father filed a petition for contempt and to modify the parenting plan. The children both expressed a desire to be represented in…
Memorial Resolution Honorable Joseph Boyles Jones, Presiding Judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals Joseph Boyle Jones was a faithful servant of the law and for the citizens of Tennessee. His untimely death on May 1, 1998, was a great loss for us all. Joe. B., as he was affectionately known, was born to loving parents on July 12, 1939, in Memphis. He was educated at Christian Brothers High School and St. Bernard College in…
Tennessee child support case summary regarding a severely disabled adult child. Rochelle Yvonne Lillard v. Robert Walter Lillard The mother and father in this Davidson County, Tennessee, case were divorced in 1999, when their daughter was almost two years old.  The mother was named the primary residential parent, and the father was ordered to pay child support. When the daughter was in second grade, she was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and found…
Tennessee case summary on post-divorce modification. John Raymond Kautz v. Doris Diane Kautz Berberich The parties in this Polk County, Tennessee, case were married in Indiana in 1996 and had no children.  The wife filed for divorce in 2007.  The parties eventually reconciled, but only after executing a postnuptial agreement.  Four years later, the husband filed for divorce, and in 2012, the parties divided the marital property through a marital dissolution agreement, which the court…
Tennessee alimony modification case summary after 23 years married originally. Husband Sells Plane, Loses Alimony Reduction Regina D. Gensci v. Cyrus W. Wiser The husband and wife in this Rutherford County, Tennessee, case were divorced in 2005 after a 23 year marriage.  After the marriage, they were no strangers to the courts, and there case went up to the Tennessee Court of Appeals two times, in 2010, and again in 2015. While the…
Tennessee case summary on property division in divorce. Teresa Lynn Brown v. Charles Furman Phillips, Jr. The husband and wife were married in 1996.  It was the husband’s third marriage, but the wife’s first.  The wife worked for the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the husband operated a painting business.  He closed the business in 2008 and worked only sporadically after that date. The wife filed for divorce in 2018.  She had retired, but worked part-time…