SHONDA KAY FINCHUM v. DANNY WAYNE FINCHUM

Wife and Husband entered into a marital dissolution agreement whereby Husband agreed to pay Wife rehabilitative alimony for three years. Husband terminated these payments and filed a petition to modify when Wife remarried and her employment situation improved. Wife filed motion for summary judgment on the issue asserting that the alimony payments could not be modified or terminated. The trial court ruled the alimony payments could not be modified because they were contractual in nature and awarded Wife her attorney’s fees. Husband appealed both the court’s ruling as well as the award of fees. We reverse the trial court’s judgment that the rehabilitative alimony payments are unmodifiable because the applicable statute expressly provides that a court may modify this type of alimony upon a showing of a substantial and material change of circumstances. We affirm the trial court’s award of attorney’s fees based on the language of the parties’ agreement providing for the award of these fees.

Attorney 1: 

Eric J. Burch, Manchester, Tennessee, for the appellant, Danny Wayne Finchum.

Attorney 2: 

Joseph Eugene Ford, Winchester, Tennessee, for the appellee, Shonda Kay Finchum.

Judge: 
COTTRELL
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