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Posted by: Landry Butler on Oct 24, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Derrick H. Green, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jamie Don Slocum.

Attorneys 2:

Misty Lavender Foy, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellee, Amy Jo Slocum.

Judge(s): SUSANO

This is a divorce case. Jamie Don Slocum appeals the trial court’s division of the marital estate and the trial court’s award of rehabilitative support to his spouse, Amy Jo Slocum. Husband argues that the trial court erred in finding that he dissipated marital assets (1) before the parties’ separation and (2) during the pendency of the divorce. Husband also asserts that wife has an earning capacity higher than the $1,449 per month found by the trial court. Wife posits that the trial court’s findings of fact are correct and supported by the preponderance of the evidence. She argues, however, that her spousal support award of $1,264 per month until May 31, 2025, should be classified as transitional support rather than rehabilitative. We hold that the trial court’s judgment with respect to spousal support should be modified to reflect that her support award is in the nature of transitional spousal support. As modified, the trial court’s judgment is affirmed.