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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jun 26, 2014

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Andrew M. Cate, Brentwood, Tennessee, for the appellant, Julie Ann Rutledge Berg.

Attorneys 2:

Sarah Richter Perky and John J. Hollins, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Leo Berg.

Judge(s): CLEMENT

In this appeal from a final divorce decree, Wife takes issue with a number of the trial court’s financial decisions. Specifically, Wife contends the trial court erred in the assessment of spousal support, in classifying marital property as Husband’s separate property, in valuing Husband’s woodworking business, in dividing the marital estate, in finding she dissipated the marital estate, in declining to find that Husband dissipated the estate, in failing to sanction Husband for non-production of documents, and by sanctioning her $100,000 under Tenn. R. Civ. P. 37.02 for abuse of discovery. Finally, Wife alleges error in failing to grant the divorce to both parties and contends the trial court should not have verbatim adopted portions of Husband’s proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law as its final judgment. We affirm the trial court’s rulings on these issues. Husband also seeks his attorney’s fees incurred on appeal which we respectfully deny.