CHAS ALAN SANDFORD v. KRISTINE ELAINE SANDFORD MCKEE - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Sep 28, 2012

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Dana C. McLendon III, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellant, Kristine Elaine Sandford McKee.

Attorneys 2:

Jonathan L. Stein, Brentwood, Tennessee, for the appellee, Chas Alan Sandford.

Judge(s): COTTRELL

Husband and Wife were married for eight years when Husband filed for divorce. Husband had purchased 63 acres of real property before marrying Wife and split the property into two parcels. When dividing the property between the parties, the trial court determined the house and ten acres was Husband’s separate property, but the appreciation on that parcel was marital property pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-4-121(b)(1)(B). The trial court determined the remaining 53 acres was Husband’s separate property and that Wife had no interest in that parcel. Wife appealed, claiming both parcels transmuted into marital property during the marriage. In the alternative, Wife argued that the increase in value of the other 53 acres was marital property due to work she performed on a guesthouse located on the 53- acre parcel. We disagree and affirm the judgment of the trial court.
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