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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Sep 30, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Karla C. Miller, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Marvin Dewayne Echols.

Attorneys 2:

Michael K. Williamson, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Elke Monika Echols.

Judge(s): SWINEY

This appeal arises from a divorce involving a challenge to the validity of the marriage. Marvin Dewayne Echols (“Husband”) filed suit for divorce against his wife Elke Monika Echols (“Wife”) in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County (“the Trial Court”).1 Husband later alleged that his marriage to Wife was void. Husband and Wife had married shortly after a German court had pronounced Wife divorced, and Husband’s position is that Wife’s divorce was not yet legally binding under German law when they married in Kentucky. The Trial Court, among other things, found the marriage valid and granted the parties a divorce. Husband raises several issues on appeal, chief among them the issue of the validity of the marriage in the first place. We hold that Husband failed to prove that his marriage to Wife was invalid. We affirm the judgment of the Trial Court in its entirety.