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Posted by: Barry Kolar on Dec 28, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

John Anthony Gentry, Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Attorneys 2:

Pamela A. Taylor and Brenton H. Lankford, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Katherine Wise Gentry.

Judge(s): CLEMENT

This appeal arises from a divorce action following a four-year marriage. The issues pertain to the trial court’s classification of the wife’s business as her separate property, the valuation and division of the marital property, and its rulings on the husband’s numerous pretrial motions for civil contempt, pendente lite support, and recusal of the trial judge. The trial court denied all of the husband’s motions and ordered the husband to pay the attorney’s fees that the wife incurred in defending certain repetitious motions. After a two-day trial, the court declared the parties divorced, classified their property as separate or marital, and valued and divided the marital property. One of the marital assets was a patent application that had been denied, which the court valued at $0.00 and awarded to the wife. The husband raises eleven issues on appeal. We reverse the award to the wife of the attorney’s fees she incurred in defending the husband’s numerous pretrial motions. We affirm the trial court in all other respects.