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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Aug 21, 2014

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

David W. Camp, Jackson, Tennessee, for Defendant/Appellant Jeffrey Walter Johnson

Attorneys 2:

Plaintiff/Appellee Dorah Elizabeth Johnson, self represented

Judge(s): SUMMERS

This appeal stems from a divorce proceeding and child support modification. On appeal, the appellant husband challenges several decisions made by the trial court after it had entered an order purporting to be the final decree of divorce. Because prior orders reserved issues not addressed in this divorce decree, we find this divorce decree was not a final order, and thus, subject to revision by later orders. Consequently, we find the trial court had jurisdiction and did not abuse its discretion in later revising awards contained in the non-final divorce decree and affirm the later changes in part. Additionally, in a later order purporting to modify the child support award, we find the trial court failed to properly make findings of facts and conclusions of law in compliance with Rule 52.01 of the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure and remand in part on this issue.