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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Aug 1, 2012

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Jon S. Jablonski, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Christy M. Velez.

Attorneys 2:

Michael K. Williamson, Clarksville, Tennessee for the appellee, Daniel J. Velez.

Judge(s): CLEMENT

Mother appeals the parenting plan adopted by the trial court, the award of child support, alimony and the allocation of the federal income tax dependent exemptions to Father. We affirm the trial court’s decision regarding the parenting plan and allocation of the federal income tax exemption. Finding error with the amount of income the court imputed to Mother, and what appears to be an error regarding the cost of insurance, we reverse the award of child support and remand with instructions to impute Mother’s income based on the federal minimum wage and to recalculate the child support award in accordance with this opinion. We also hold that the trial court erred in denying Mother rehabilitative alimony, and therefore reverse and remand the issue of alimony to the trial court for a determination of the appropriate sum and duration of rehabilitative alimony.