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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Nov 23, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Dana C. McLendon III, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellant, Terence J. Hines.

Attorneys 2:

Sandra L. M. Smith, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellee, Eva L. Hines.

Judge(s): SUSANO

This is a divorce case. Eva L. Hines (Wife) filed a complaint for divorce from Terence J. Hines (Husband) while he was incarcerated in Arkansas. Husband was released from prison several days before the scheduled date of trial. Before and after his release, Husband asked that the case be continued so he could secure an attorney. On the original trial date, the court granted Husband’s request and continued the case for two weeks. On the morning of the rescheduled trial date, Husband called and advised the court that he would be late; in response, he was told that trial would begin as scheduled. Husband did not appear at the courthouse in time for the trial. The trial proceeded in his absence, and the court entered a final divorce decree. Husband filed a Tenn. R. Civ. P. 60.02 motion requesting that the court set aside the final decree, which he says substantively amounts to a default judgment. He seeks a new trial. The court denied his motion. Husband appeals. We affirm the trial court’s judgment denying his Rule 60 motion.