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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jul 14, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Lucian T. Pera and James Bennett Fox, Jr., Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Rachel E. Putnam.

Attorneys 2:

Kay Farese Turner, Memphis, Tennessee, Pro se.

Betty Stafford Scott, Medina, Tennessee, William H. Shackelford, Jr., Jackson, Tennessee, and Linda L. Holmes, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellees, William Glenn Hatchett and Julie T. Hatchett.

Judge(s): GIBSON

The issues presented in this case arise from a dispute over attorney fees between Wife and her former attorney that arose following Wife’s reconciliation with Husband in the underlying divorce. The trial court entered several orders related to the fee dispute and held the attorney in contempt for her failure to comply with those orders. On appeal, we conclude that the trial court erred in retaining jurisdiction over the fee dispute between Wife and her attorney after the Husband and Wife reconciled and expressed their desire that the case be dismissed. We therefore vacate the trial court’s orders related to the fee dispute. We also vacate the trial court’s order holding Wife’s attorney in contempt and dismiss this appeal.