LACEDRIC D. GIPSON APPELLANT
STEPHANIE NICOLE JACKSON APPELLEE
OF JUDGMENT: 09/13/2016
FROM WHICH APPEALED: TIPPAH COUNTY CHANCERY COURT HON. GLENN
ALDERSON TRIAL JUDGE
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: RANDOLPH WALKER.
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: B. SEAN AKINS.
GRIFFIS, P.J., WESTBROOKS AND TINDELL, JJ.
Lacedric D. Gipson appeals a judgment from the Chancery Court
of Tippah County. After a review of the record, we affirm the
chancery court's decision to hold Gipson in contempt for
unpaid medical bills; however, we reverse the chancery
court's upward modification of child support and remand
for the court to make specific on-the-record findings
regarding the child-support guidelines and deviation
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
At the time of the proceedings, Gipson and his wife had been
married for approximately ten years. During the course of
their marriage, Gipson fathered children with two other
women, including Stephanie Jackson. Jackson and Gipson have a
son, D.J.,  who was born in 2008. On October 2, 2013,
Jackson and Gipson entered into an agreement that granted
custody of D.J. to Jackson subject to Gipson's rights of
visitation. The agreement also included a provision for child
support and a provision regarding payment of D.J.'s
medical expenses. The medical-bill provision states the
In the event that public assistance is no longer available,
[Gipson] shall secure similar and adequate health insurance
for the aforesaid minor child. Further, the parties shall
thereafter split equally (50/50) out[-]of[-]pocket expenses
and co-pays of any and all medical, dental, mental hospital,
optometric, orthodontic, deductibles, and drug bills
(nonprescription drugs excepted) not otherwise covered by
said insurance. . . . [Jackson] shall submit all such
out[-]of[-]pocket expenses to [Gipson] in writing and
[Gipson] shall pay outstanding expenses within 30 days.
In 2015, D.J. no longer qualified for Mississippi Medicaid.
Jackson stated that she began paying for his medical expenses
out of her own pocket and placed him on her insurance.
Jackson informed Gipson that D.J. no longer qualified for
Medicaid, and that it would be more cost effective for their
son to be placed on Gipson's insurance. However, Gipson
testified that he forgot about getting insurance coverage.
Gipson also informed Jackson that he would not pay his half
of the medical bills - even though Jackson provided Gipson
with copies of the receipts and bills to review.
Jackson filed a complaint for contempt and modification of
child support. Jackson, who was living with her boyfriend at
the time, also requested that the chancery court modify the
provision prohibiting overnight romantic guests while in
D.J.'s presence if said guests were not related by blood
or marriage. Gipson filed a counter-petition for contempt and
modification. The chancery court found both Jackson and
Gipson in contempt and ordered they both be incarcerated
until they purged themselves of contempt. Gipson appeals.
"This Court's scope of review in domestic-relations
cases is limited." Wilson v.Stewart,
171 So.3d 522, 526 (¶8) (Miss. Ct. App. 2014) (citation
omitted). "We will not disturb a chancellor's
judgment when supported by substantial evidence unless the
chancellor abused his discretion, was manifestly ...