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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Apr 21, 2014

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Rebecca E. Byrd, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellant, Amy Lynn Cox.

Attorneys 2:

Virginia Lee Story, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellee, Carl Scott Blankenship.

Judge(s): CLEMENT

This appeals arises from the post-divorce modification of child support following the emancipation of the parties’ oldest of three children. Both parents appeal numerous rulings by the trial court including its child support calculations, a judgment against Mother arising from Father’s overpayment of child support following the emancipation of their oldest child, the imputation of income to Mother for voluntary unemployment, an upward deviation for extraordinary education expenses, allocation of the uncovered medical expenses, allocation of the tax exemptions for the two minors, and attorney’s fees. We have determined that although the trial court was justified in finding a deviation for extraordinary education expenses, the trial court erred by applying the deviation prospectively rather than retroactively to the date of the petition. We reverse the trial court only on this issue and remand for the trial court to recalculate the amount of child support and the judgment against Mother consistent with this finding. We affirm the trial court in all other respects and deny both parties’ request to recover attorneys’ fees incurred in this appeal.