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Hankins v. Hankins

January 28, 1999

CHARLES EVERETTE HANKINS
v.
SHERRY GAY GOODSON HANKINS



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Banks, Justice

ON MOTION FOR REHEARING

DATE OF JUDGMENT: August 18, 1995

TRIAL JUDGE: HON. MELVIN McCLURE

COURT FROM WHICH APPEALED: GRENADA COUNTY CHANCERY COURT

NATURE OF THE CASE: CIVIL - DOMESTIC RELATIONS

DISPOSITION: AFFIRMED IN PART; REVERSED IN PART AND REMANDED - January 28, 1999

MOTION FOR REHEARING FILED: August 14, 1997

MANDATE ISSUED:

EN BANC.

¶1. The motion for rehearing is granted. The original opinions are withdrawn and these opinions are substituted therefor.

¶2. In this matter we have for review a Judgment of the Grenada County Chancery Court, which granted a divorce to the appellee on the grounds of habitual cruel and inhuman treatment and which granted appellee an equitable division of property, periodic alimony, child support and a percentage of her attorney's fees. We agree with the chancellor's determination as to what property was subject to equitable distribution, and the award of alimony and child support. However, we find that the chancellor erred in calculating the value of the martial property distributed and in awarding attorney's fees and expenses. Accordingly, we reverse the judgment and remand for further proceedings.

I.

¶3. Charles and Sherry Hankins were married September 9, 1978. They had two children, Charles, Jr., age 15, and Lana, age 10. The Hankinses lived together as husband and wife until about August 9, 1994 when they separated in Grenada County. Sherry quit her job after the wedding at Charlie's insistence that she become a homemaker because it was costing him money for her to work. She thereafter stayed home as primary care giver to the children and as caretaker of the home. She had subsequently gone back to nursing school where she had a year remaining until graduation at the time of the hearing.

¶4. Charlie worked full-time in his father's lumber company, where he regularly earned over $100,000 per year, and was periodically given shares of stock in the lumber business. Prior to the marriage, Charlie owned 11 shares of stock. During the marriage, Charlie was given another 57 and one-half shares of stock. Burton Hankins, Charlie's father, stated that he did not give the stock to his children for work done in the family business, but did not issue any shares to any family member who did not work in the family business. In 1994, Charlie left the business and was unemployed for several months thereafter. He has since started a timber business, but was considered by the chancellor to have zero adjusted gross income at the time that the divorce was entered. Charlie ultimately sold his shares of stock in the business back to his father for $700,000.

ΒΆ5. Charlie drank either beer or whiskey nearly every day. He spent most nights in the den of the home drinking until he became intoxicated. At that point he would become verbally abusive to his family, and sometimes physically abusive to Sherry. Charlie also had an affair in the waning months of the marriage prior to the separation ...


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