IN THE MATTER OF: CHRISTOPHER A. D.

The mother brought a petition to modify support and for contempt, alleging that the father had willfully understated his income during an earlier proceeding to modify support. The juvenile court judge found that the mother had proved her allegations and awarded her a judgment of over $26,500 for back child support as well as attorney fees of over $12,800. We hold that the statutory prohibition against retroactive modification of child support disallows the award of pre-petition support. Accordingly, we are compelled to vacate the trial court’s award of support for the time prior to the date on which the mother filed her petition to modify child support. We affirm the prospective modification and the award of child support from that date.

Attorney 1: 

Thomas F. Bloom, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Christopher A. Dorris.

Attorney 2: 

David B. Lyons, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Sheila Shackleford.

Judge: 
Cottrell
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