PHILLIP JAY SEIFERT V. MARIA COVENY SEIFERT - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on May 17, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Ronald J. Attanasio, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Phillip Jay Seifert.

Attorneys 2:

L. Caesar Stair, III and C. Scott Taylor, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Maria Coveny Seifert.

Judge(s): CLEMENT

The principal issues in this divorce action arise from the parties’ antenuptial agreement. The trial court declared the parties divorced, classified the bulk of the assets as Husband’s separate property, divided the modest amount of assets that were classified as marital property, and awarded Wife alimony in futuro of $8,000 per month and alimony in solido of $500,000. Both parties appeal. Wife contends the court erred in classifying the bulk of the assets as Husband’s separate property and that the alimony awarded to her is insufficient. She also requests an award of attorney fees incurred on appeal. Husband contends that all of the income he earned during the marriage is his separate property, that all assets he acquired with that income is his separate property, and that the antenuptial agreement prohibited the trial court from considering the value of his separate property in awarding alimony to Wife. We affirm the trial court in all respects. We also find that Wife is entitled to recover reasonable and necessary attorney fees incurred on appeal.

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