CAROLINE TIPPENS-FLOREA v. JOHNATHAN MATTHEW FLOREA - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jun 1, 2012

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Steven C. Girsky, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Johnathan Matthew Florea.

Attorneys 2:

Karla C. Hewitt, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Caroline Tippens-Florea.

Judge(s): CLEMENT

Following a short marriage, the parties were divorced. The issues raised in this appeal by the husband pertain to the marital classification and valuation of the husband’s gun collection, the award of one year of transitional alimony to the wife, and the award of $15,000 for the wife’s attorney’s fees. For her part, the wife contends the husband has not paid the judgment for her portion of the marital estate, $8,065.94, and that she is entitled to post-judgment interest. We find no error with the valuation of the marital estate or the award of transitional alimony and attorney’s fees and, thus, affirm the trial court. As for the wife’s claim for postjudgment interest on any portion of the marital estate which the husband has not paid, it is an issue for the trial court to determine whether the husband has failed to timely pay any portion of the judgment and, if so, to award post-judgment interest pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated §§ 47-14-121 & -122. The wife also seeks to recover attorney’s fees she incurred on appeal. We find she is entitled to recover her reasonable and necessary attorney’s fees and remand for the trial court to make the appropriate award.

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