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Goins v. Murphy

March 10, 1998

GOINS
v.
MURPHY



Before Thomas, P.j., King, And Payne, JJ9

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Payne, J

RICHARD GOINS, APPELLANT v. ELEANOR COOK GOINS MURPHY, APPELLEE

THIS OPINION IS NOT DESIGNATED FOR PUBLICATION AND

MAY NOT BE CITED, PURSUANT TO M.R.A.P. 35-B

DATE OF JUDGMENT: 04/19/96

TRIAL JUDGE: HON. VICKI R. BARNES

COURT FROM WHICH APPEALED: WARREN COUNTY CHANCERY COURT

NATURE OF THE CASE: CIVIL - DOMESTIC RELATIONS

TRIAL COURT DISPOSITION: RICHARD GOINS WAS FOUND IN CONTEMPT FOR FAILING TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT, ORDERED TO PAY ATTORNEY FEES AND COSTS, ORDERED TO PAY ONE HALF OF MEDICAL EXPENSES, ELEANOR GOINS MURPHY WAS AWARDED REIMBURSEMENT OF MEDICAL EXPENDITURES AND THE COST OF INCURRING PREMIUMS FOR INSURANCE COVERAGE.

DISPOSITION AFFIRMED - 3/10/98

PROCEDURAL HISTORY

This appeal arises from an Amended Motion for Citation for Contempt and Motion to Modify Former Decree filed by Eleanor Goins Murphy. From this motion, Eleanor received payment of one- half of the medical expenses incurred by the parties' minor child, reimbursement for medical insurance premiums and with respect to the child, back child support payments, along with attorney's fees. Feeling aggrieved by the judgment, Richards Goins appeals. After a complete review of the record and law consistent with the issues presented, we affirm the ruling below.

FACTS

On January 4, 1984, Eleanor Goins Murphy was awarded an absolute divorce from Richard Goins. She was also awarded care, custody, and complete control of the parties' minor child, Aron Benjamin Goins. Through various orders Richard was required to pay child support, as well as provide for medical, dental, and health insurance through his employer for and on behalf of the child. Since his divorce, Richard has moved and is now living in Texas.

On March 19, 1996, a hearing was set to discuss the "Amended Motion for Citation for Contempt and Motion to Modify Former Decree. Although represented by counsel, Richard Goins was not present. Richard's attorney presented a letter written by Richard, dated March 18, 1996, discussing his reason for being ...


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