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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Apr 10, 2014

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Dan Richard Alexander, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Audra Ann Norfleet.

Attorneys 2:

Melissa A. King, Peter M. Napolitano, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Daniel Anthony Norfleet.

Judge(s): COTTRELL

This is an appeal from a finding of contempt. When the parents of a six year old girl divorced, they agreed to name the father as the child’s primary residential parent. The mother subsequently acted in a hostile and uncooperative way towards the father, and her parenting time was reduced. Shortly thereafter, the father filed a petition for contempt, alleging that the mother had failed to pay court-ordered child support for four consecutive months. Following a hearing, the trial court held the mother in contempt. She argues on appeal that the trial court erred by trying criminal and civil contempt in the same proceeding. She also argues that the trial court’s order was invalid, because it did not specifically state that her actions were “willful.” We affirm the trial court.