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Posted by: Landry Butler on Aug 29, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Judy A. Oxford, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellant, Tadd Timothy Brown.

Attorneys 2: Angela R. Hoover, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellee, Dawn Veronica Brown.

Judge(s): SWINEY

This appeal arises from a finding of criminal contempt in a child support matter. Dawn Veronica Brown (“Mother”) filed a petition for contempt against her ex-husband Tadd Timothy Brown (“Father”) in the Chancery Court for Williamson County (“the Trial Court”). In her petition, Mother alleged numerous violations by Father of the parenting plan and marital dissolution agreement, including that Father had failed to pay child support toward their minor child (“the Child”). After a trial, the Trial Court found Father guilty on twelve counts of criminal contempt. Father appeals. We find and hold that the evidence is sufficient to sustain Father's convictions for failure to pay child support. However, we reverse the count found against Father for his refusal to turn the Child over to maternal relatives rather than Mother over one specific summer week, and modify his sentence accordingly. Otherwise, we affirm the judgment of the Trial Court.