STATE EX REL. MELODY KAY ROGERS v. DONNIE O’KEITH LEWIS - Articles

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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Oct 21, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Chasity Sharp Grice, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Donnie O’Keith Lewis.

Attorneys 2:

Lucie K. Brackin and Carrie E. Kerley, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Melody Kay Rogers.

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter, and M. Cameron Hines, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, State of Tennessee, General Civil Division.

Judge(s): MCCLARTY

This appeal involves a mother’s petition to set child support. The father objected to the petition, citing a prior order in which the parties agreed that no child support would be ordered but that he would remit payment for medical insurance or medical expenses as needed. The trial court granted the petition, set a current support obligation, and awarded retroactive child support and attorney fees, finding that the prior order was void as against public policy. The father appeals. We reverse the award of retroactive child support, vacate the attorney’s fees awarded and remand to the trial court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

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