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EMOGENE M. TUTOR v. FORREST T. TUTOR

SEPTEMBER 17, 1986

EMOGENE M. TUTOR
v.
FORREST T. TUTOR



BEFORE WALKER, C.J., SULLIVAN & ANDERSON, JJ.

SULLIVAN, JUSTICE, FOR THE COURT:

From a decision of the Chancery Court of Lee County, Mississippi, granting Emogene M. Tutor lump sum alimony of $50,000.00 and $2,500.00 per month periodic alimony, she appeals, assigning as error:

I. ON THE UNCONTROVERTED FACTS THE AWARD OF ALIMONY WAS INADEQUATE AND AN ABUSE OF THE CHANCELLOR's DISCRETION.

 There is a cross-appeal by Forrest T. Tutor, pro se, in which he alleges:

 I. THAT HIS COIN COLLECTION WAS UNLAWFULLY TAKEN BY EMOGENE TUTOR AND SHOULD BE RETURNED BY ORDER OF THE COURT; and

 II. THAT AS HE IS 57 YEARS OLD THERE SHOULD BE A TIME LIMIT PLACED ON THE PERIODIC ALIMONY OF NO MORE THAN TEN YEARS AND SOME PROVISION SHOULD BE MADE FOR DISABILITY OR DECREASE OF INCOME TO HIM DURING THESE

 TEN YEARS.

 We deal first with the cross-appeal. Forrest Tutor actually failed to file a cross-appeal in this case as to these two assignments of error, nor did he cite any authority nor base his argument on the record." Where assignments of error are unsupported by argument and authority, the court does not as a general rule consider them. "Ramseur v. State, 368 So.2d 842, 844 (Miss. 1979).

 Although the issues were not properly before us, we will address them. The record shows that Emogene Tutor had the coin collection at the time of the divorce and at no time did Forrest Tutor move to have her produce it. Furthermore, the evidence establishes that Mrs. Tutor assisted Forrest Tutor in acquiring and maintaining the collection and that the family may have made sacrifices in order to allow Forrest Tutor to form the collection. This testimony is uncontroverted by Dr. Tutor. No authority has been cited to support the return of the coin collection and we find this assignment by Forrest Tutor to be without merit.

 As to the assignment that a time limit should be fixed to the periodic monthly alimony payments, Forrest Tutor proposes that due to his age (57) he will soon be able to retire, and that upon retirement the monthly alimony payments should be terminated. No law is cited to support this contention and we have found no law to support it. Furthermore, this record clearly indicates that Forrest Tutor has more than sufficient net worth and investment returns so that he should be able to continue making the periodic monthly alimony payments without suffering any hardship whatsoever. Forrest Tutor himself acknowledges that the periodic monthly alimony payments awarded by the chancellor in the court below were equitable. There is no merit to this assignment by Forrest Tutor.

 Emogene Tutor is 59 years of age and Forrest Tutor is 57 and they were married on May 5, 1945. When they married Forrest Tutor was a high school student and Emogene Tutor was a school teacher teaching the sixth grade. It was uncontroverted that throughout their married life Emogene Tutor worked and provided income for herself and her family and contributed to the financial status of Forrest Tutor and the family.

 Mrs. Tutor's tax returns show an adjusted gross

 income for the years 1981, 1982, and 1983 of $22,146.00, $22,540.00, and $22,291.00 respectively. She also has possession of the valuable coin collection left at the house by Forrest Tutor. Forrest Tutor is substantially well off. In fact, he loaned $80,000.00 to a physician, $50,000.00 to another physician and has a note from another person with an outstanding balance of $48,000.00. While Emogene Tutor has a life insurance policy with a $20,000.00 face value, Forrest Tutor has life insurance policies with a total face value of $133,000.00 and a $30,000.00 cash value. At the time of the divorce he owned 1,915 shares of Bank of Mississippi stock which at that time was trading for $32.00 a share. He also owned a considerable number of shares of First Citizens National Bank stock, 729 shares of Dreyfus Leverage, 102 shares of City Investment Company, 132 shares of McDonald Douglas, 21 shares of Clairmont Capital and 101 shares of Occidental Petroleum.

 Forrest Tutor had a fully vested profit sharing plan with a balance of $275,619.00, a fully vested pension plan with a current balance of $162,958.00 and $2,095.00 in an IRA. Tutor also has an interest in a partnership called 78 Venture. Tutor owns 17 1/2 acres in Haven Acres Subdivision, a half interest ($75,000.00) in his medical building and he fully owns Forrest Tutor Professional Association, as well as approximately 100 acres of crop land at Lochinvar and 25 acres at Randolph that are leased out. At the time of the divorce Forrest Tutor had four bank ...


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