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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Dec 1, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Gregory D. Smith and Brenton H. Lankford, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Tracy Dean Iverson.

Attorneys 2:

Craig H. Brent, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tracy Melinda Cook.

Judge(s): MCBRAYER

Father and Mother divorced in February 2012. Later that same year, Father’s employer notified him that his high-paying sales job would be eliminated. Due to his unemployment, Father filed a petition to modify his alimony and child support obligations. The trial court concluded there was a material change in circumstances and reduced Father’s monthly alimony and child support obligations. Father argues on appeal that the trial court erred by applying an incorrect legal standard; not reducing his alimony and child support obligations further; and declining to reduce his alimony in futuro obligation retroactive to the date of his petition. As an additional issue, Mother argues that the trial court erred in measuring any change in circumstances from the final decree of divorce rather than an agreed order addressing payments to Mother entered after Father learned that he was losing his job. Both Father and Mother seek an award of their attorney’s fees incurred on appeal. After a review of the record on appeal, we conclude that the trial court correctly found a material change in circumstances but erred in imputing income to Father. Therefore, we affirm in part, reverse in part, and remand for further proceedings.