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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jun 28, 2013

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Justin Sensing, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Mitchell Carl Sartain.

Attorneys 2:

Larry B. Watson, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Kitty Fern (Darden) Sartain.

Judge(s): COTTRELL

This appeal arises from the second divorce between these parties. Husband and Wife were married for nineteen years, divorced in 1997, and then married again for thirteen additional years. In this second divorce, the trial court awarded Wife alimony in futuro and alimony in solido in addition to 45% of Husband’s military retirement pay. As part of the first divorce the trial court had awarded Wife 36% of Husband’s military retirement pay. Although Husband retired in 2006, Wife had not received any portion of his retirement pay. Wife requested the court in this second divorce award her the money she should have been paid from the date of Husband’s retirement to the date of the second divorce. The trial court declined to make that award. On appeal we affirm the trial court’s judgment awarding Wife alimony in futuro and alimony in solido. We reverse the court’s judgment denying Wife the portion of Husband’s retirement pay she had been awarded in the first divorce, and we remand the case for a hearing on the issues surrounding the Survivor Benefit Plan.