Tennessee child support law in Tennessee family law from the Tennessee Court of Appeals.
Turner v. Turner – Child Support Income Determination for Disabled Trial Lawyer
Ginger and Robert Turner, Jr. were married in 1980. Mr. Turner was a trial lawyer, and Ms. Turner was a college graduate who had worked for several Nashville companies. After getting married, Ms. Turner worked in Mr. Turner’s law office until their first child was born in June 1985. Their second child was born in February 1988.
The court of appeals described the marriage as troubled from the beginning. Mrs. Turner left Mr. Turner for three periods during the marriage. Subsequently in April 1991, she and the children left home and moved into a domestic violence shelter. One week later, she filed a complaint for separate maintenance and also sought and obtained a temporary restraining order to prevent Mr. Turner from harassing or threatening her or interfering with her custody of the children. Mr. Turner was hospitalized and treated for severe depression and other problems. The parties attempted to reconcile after Mr. Turner returned to Nashville, but five weeks later, Ms. Turner and the children moved into a one bedroom apartment attached to her parents’ home. Continue reading