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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jun 1, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Jennifer Lynn Thompson, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Torry Hansen.

Attorneys 2:

Larry Lamont Crain, Brentwood, Tennessee, for the appellees, National Council for Adoption, and World Association for Children and Parents.

Judge(s): GIBSON

This appeal involves a child support order entered after an international adoption. The trial court found that the child?s adoptive mother failed to pay child support as previously ordered by the court, and therefore, the mother was adjudged in contempt. On appeal, the mother argues that the trial court lacked subject matter jurisdiction to enter the previous order requiring her to pay child support and also lacked jurisdiction to hold her in contempt of that order. Alternatively, she argues that she did not willfully violate the court?s order. Finally, the mother argues that a separate injunction entered by the trial court is also void for lack of subject matter jurisdiction and/or procedural irregularities. We affirm.