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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Feb 6, 2015

Head Comment: CORRECTION: On page 7 of the Opinion, in the second full paragraph, fourth line, the phrase "and his associate's fees" has been corrected to read "and his associate's hourly rates".

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

David E. Caywood, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jennifer Furnas Coleman.

Attorneys 2:

Bradley Wayne Eskins and James E. King, Jr, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Marty Alan Coleman.

Judge(s): STAFFORD

This is an appeal of attorney’s fees in a post-divorce matter. The mother filed a petition to modify the permanent parenting plan and suspend the father’s parenting time with the parties’ two minor children. The mother incurred around $16,000.00 in legal expenses litigating her petition and then changed attorneys. The parties eventually settled the petition with respect to the visitation issues, but reserved the issue of attorney’s fees. Finding that the mother’s legal expenses of over $350,000.00 were not reasonable, the Special Master recommended that the father only be required to reimburse the mother for approximately $124,000.00. The trial court decreased the award further, awarding the mother approximately $42,000.00. Mother appeals, arguing that the trial court abused its discretion because all of her attorney’s fees were reasonable. Discerning no abuse of discretion, we affirm.