Session August 16, 2017
from the General Sessions Court for Wilson County No.
2014-DC-48 John Thomas Gwin, Judge
a divorce case involving numerous pleadings. Because the
order appealed is not final in that it fails to adjudicate
husband's petition for contempt and motion for sanctions,
this Court lacks subject-matter jurisdiction over the appeal.
Tenn. R. App. P. 3(a). Accordingly, the appeal is dismissed.
R. App. P. 3 Appeal as of Right; Appeal Dismissed
F. Bloom, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Baya Paul
Ensley Hagan, Jr. and Andrea Hagan, Lebanon, Tennessee; Yancy
Belcher, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, for the appellee, Erika
B. Goldin, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which
Brandon O. Gibson and Kenny Armstrong, JJ., joined.
MEMORANDUM OPINION 
B. GOLDIN, JUDGE
Louise Dewald ("Wife, " or "Appellee")
and Baya Paul Dewald ("Husband, " or
"Appellant") were married on July 6, 2002. One
minor child was born to the marriage.
March 17, 2014, Wife filed a "Petition for Absolute
Divorce" in the General Sessions Court for Wilson
County. On April 21, 2014, Husband answered Wife's
petition. Following failed attempts at drafting a marital
dissolution agreement ("MDA"), Husband filed a
counter-complaint for divorce. Tenn. Code Ann. §
order filed May 20, 2014, the trial court ordered that
Husband would vacate the marital residence and Wife would
enter the residence to collect a court-approved list of
household items. The order also stated that, "[b]oth
parties [were] restrained and enjoined from speaking directly
to the other by any means. All communications between the
parties shall go through their respective counsel. A
violation of this order will result in the offending party
being held in criminal contempt of court." On June 20,
2014, Husband petitioned the court to hold Wife in civil
contempt based on his allegations that she violated several
provisions of the trial court's May 20, 2014 order.
Additionally, on November 24, 2014, Husband filed a motion
asking the trial court to impose sanctions on Wife and
case was tried on February 22, 2016, February 26, 2016,
February 29, 2016, and March 1, 2016. On August 2, 2016, the
trial court entered a "Final Decree of Absolute
Divorce." On August 10, 2016, Wife filed a "Motion
to Alter or Amend Final Decree, " seeking, inter
alia, an award of additional personal items and
restoration of her maiden name. On August 17, 2016, Husband
filed a motion to alter or amend the final decree, wherein he
also sought additional marital property and attorneys'
fees. Furthermore, Husband specifically requested that the
trial court, "[r]ule on [his] outstanding Petition for
Contempt against the Wife."
August 24, 2016, the trial court granted Husband's
attorney's motion to withdraw. On September 20, 2016, the
trial court issued an order on the parties' cross motions
to alter or amend the final divorce decree. The trial court
did not ...