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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Aug 18, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

George D. Spanos, Nashville, Tennessee, for the Husband, James F. Dukes.

Attorneys 2:

J. Daniel Freemon, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, for the Wife, Paulette E. Dukes.

Judge(s): DINKINS

Husband and Wife were declared divorced in 2009; incorporated in the final decree of divorce was a Marital Dissolution Agreement containing a provision that required Husband to pay premiums on two life insurance policies, one which covered his life and named Wife as beneficiary and one on Wife‘s life, naming him as beneficiary. In 2014 Husband cancelled the policy on his life because the premium had increased significantly. Wife filed a Petition for Contempt; after a hearing, the court held Husband in civil contempt and ordered him to obtain a $50,000 life insurance policy to replace the one he had cancelled. In the event he could not obtain such a policy, the court entered a $50,000 judgment against Husband and required him to make monthly payments on the judgment to the clerk of the court. Husband appeals. We affirm the judgment holding Husband in contempt and remand for entry of a supplemental order clarifying the conditions of the $50,000 judgment.