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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Aug 19, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Jennifer Noe, Ashland City, Tennessee, for the appellant, Karen Louise Brady.

Attorneys 2:

Sharon T. Massey, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Ronald Allen Brady.

Judge(s): MCBRAYER

This appeal concerns the division of a marital estate. The trial court ordered a special master to investigate and report on the identification, classification, and valuation of all marital property and assets. The special master issued a detailed report and recommended awarding seventy-two percent of the marital home’s equity to the husband and twenty-eight percent to the wife. The special master also proposed that both parties be given an option to purchase the marital home, first husband and then wife, and that, if neither exercised the option, the house be auctioned. Both parties filed objections to the special master’s report, but neither party alleged that the special master had acted outside his authority. Following a hearing on the objections, the trial court adopted the special master’s findings and recommendations. In connection with a hearing on the auction of the marital home, wife objected on the basis that the special master acted outside of his authority. Wife appeals, challenging the manner in which the marital home was valued and divided. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.