STATE OF TENNESSEE, EX REL., VALERIE ARLENE LAW v. MICHAEL LEE FERRELL - Articles

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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Aug 21, 2013

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Patti B. Garner, Gallatin, Tennessee, for the appellant, Valerie Arlene Law.

Attorneys 2:

John R. Phillips, Jr., Gallatin, Tennessee, and Jerry V. Smith, Dickson, Tennessee, for the appellee, Michael Lee Ferrell.

Judge(s): FARMER

This case involves an award of retroactive child support. Approximately seventeen years after the child's birth, the Tennessee Department of Human Services, acting on behalf of the child's Mother, filed a petition in the Sumner County Juvenile Court seeking to establish paternity and to obtain past and future child support from the Father. Genetic testing confirmed that Father was the child’s biological father. Thereafter, the juvenile court entered an order establishing paternity and ordering Father to pay $574.00 per month in child support. The juvenile court also awarded Mother seven years of retroactive child support totaling $48,216.00. On appeal, both Mother and Father take issue with the amount of the award of retroactive child support. Upon thorough examination, we conclude that the record does not support the amount of the award of retroactive child support. Accordingly, we vacate and remand the case to the juvenile court for further proceedings.

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