Session Date September 30, 2014
Appeal from the Hamilton County Circuit Court No. 12D2184 Jeffrey Hollingsworth, Judge
H. Graham Swafford, Jr., Jasper, Tennessee, for the appellant, Patti Deakins Morris.
Sandra J. Bott, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellee, Robert Morris.
Kenny Armstrong, J., delivered the opinion of the Court in which Charles D. Susano, Jr., C.J., and Thomas R. Frierson, II, J. joined
KENNY ARMSTRONG, JUDGE
This case arises from the dissolution of a four-year marriage. The parties, Robert Greer Morris ("Appellee") and Patti Deakins Morris ("Appellant") were married in May 2008. Mr. Morris filed for divorce in October 2012. At the time of the trial, he was 70 years old, and Ms. Morris was 58 years old. This was the third marriage for both parties.
The trial court divorced the parties by Final Decree of Divorce dated August 29, 2013. Therein, the trial court divided various marital assets. The court's division of assets is not appealed. As is relevant to the instant appeal, the trial court denied Wife's request for alimony and reimbursement of medical expenses. The Final Decree of Divorce states in pertinent part as follows:
The Court further found that after reviewing the deposition testimony of Defendant's treating physician, and after considering the statutory factors contained in TCA §36-5-121, that an award of alimony to the Defendant was not appropriate under the statute…the Plaintiff shall have no obligation to pay alimony to the Defendant.
On appeal, Ms. Morris argues that because she developed certain medical conditions during the marriage, which might become problematic in the future, Husband has an obligation to pay alimony. Additionally, Ms. Morris alleges that during the marriage, she incurred medical bills in excess of $110, 000.00, which she paid from her separate funds. She argues that these bills were a marital obligation, and that she should be reimbursed for these expenditures. At trial, however, no evidence was presented to establish that Ms. Morris actually incurred $110, 000.00 in medical expenses. As such, the trial court denied both her request for alimony and her request for reimbursement of medical expenses.
Ms. Morris appeals. From her brief, we discern two ...