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Pamela M. Spicer, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Kimberly Michelle Clonce.

Alan D. Johnson, Mary Arline Evans, Alfred Russell Willis, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Jeffrey Scott Clonce.


The trial court awarded a divorce to the husband, and named both parties as primary residential parents with equal parenting time of their two children. The court also ordered the husband to pay child support since his income was far greater than the wife's. However, because the wife had lost her job less than one month prior to the divorce hearing, the court was unsure of the most appropriate figure to use for the wife's income in calculating the presumptively correct amount of child support under the income shares guidelines. The court resolved the question by using the wife's most current income from part-time work, which resulted in a temporary level of child support of $1,250 per month. The court also declared that it would revisit the issue of child support after six months, and that its order could be modified "without the necessity of proving a change in circumstances or significant variance." The wife argues on appeal that the trial court's order was inconsistent with the statutes and regulations that govern child support. The only order under appeal is the order indicating the court's intent and setting temporary support at a level favorable to the wife. The court did not use its announced procedure in the order that is the subject of this appeal. Under the facts of this case, we affirm the trial court.


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