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Posted by: Landry Butler on Jan 29, 2018

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Rachel Lorraine Bonano, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Keren H. D.

Attorneys 2:

Phyllis Marlene Boshears, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellee, Joel R. B.

Judge(s): BENNETT

A trial court designated the father of a child born out of wedlock as the primary residential parent and imputed additional income to the mother for purposes of child support after determining she was underemployed. The mother appealed the trial court’s judgment. During the pendency of the appeal, dependency and neglect proceedings in the trial court resulted in the child’s removal from the father’s residence and his placement with the mother in California. The dependency and neglect proceedings rendered moot the mother’s challenge of the trial court’s designation of the father as the primary residential parent, leaving the imputation of additional income to the mother as the only issue on appeal. Concluding the trial court did not abuse its discretion in allocating additional income to the mother for child support purposes, we affirm that aspect of the trial court’s judgment.

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