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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Dec 27, 2013

Head Comment: With Dissenting Opinion

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

C. Christopher Raines, III, Kingsport, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jimmy Glenn Fields.

Attorneys 2:

Gregory W. Francisco, Kingsport, Tennessee, for the appellee, Rene Annette Fields.

Judge(s): SUSANO

This is a post-divorce case. Jimmy Glenn Fields (“Husband”) appeals the trial court’s order (1) denying his motion for a reduction in alimony and (2) granting the counter-motion of Rene Annette Fields (“Wife”) for an increase in alimony. Following a bench trial, the court held that Husband had failed to demonstrate his inability to return to work as a material change in circumstances justifying a decrease in his court-ordered alimony obligation of $1,100 a month. Rather, the court found that the proof demonstrated that Husband had the ability to pay, and that Wife had a need for, increased support. The court increased Husband’s obligation to $2,000 per month. We affirm.