HENRY H. GUNTER IV APPELLANT
ELIZABETH BEARD GUNTER APPELLEE
OF JUDGMENT: 10/11/2017
LOWNDES COUNTY CHANCERY COURT TRIAL JUDGE: HON. DOROTHY
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: JOSEPH N. STUDDARD
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: CANDACE COOPER BLALOCK
J. WILSON, P.J., GREENLEE AND McCARTY, JJ.
This is an appeal from the Lowndes County Chancery Court.
Henry H. Gunter IV asserts that the chancery court erred by
ordering Henry to pay 22% of his adjusted gross income in
addition to one-half of private-school tuition, daycare,
extracurricular expenses, and uninsured medical expenses. We
affirm in part and reverse and remand in part.
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
Henry and Elizabeth were married in 2001. They have three
minor children together.
In October 2016, Elizabeth filed for divorce and child
support, alleging marital fault against Henry. In September
2017, Elizabeth withdrew the fault grounds and agreed to
joint legal custody of the three children with Elizabeth
maintaining primary physical custody and Henry having certain
visitation rights. They agreed to a division of their
personal property and submitted all of the following to the
Lowndes County Chancery Court: child support, private-school
tuition, extracurricular expenses, and uninsured medical
The chancery court determined that Henry "will pay
twenty two percent (22%) of his adjusted gross income per
month in the amount of nine hundred eighteen dollars
($918.00) as child support for the minor children."
Furthermore, the court ordered that Henry and Elizabeth
"will equally divide the cost of private school tuition,
daycare, and extracurricular expenses [of] the minor
children" and that "[a]ny medical, dental,
orthodontic, pharmaceutical (prescription), vision, and/or
optometric bills not covered by insurance will be equally
divided by the parties."
Henry appeals the chancery court's judgment, asserting
that the chancery court erred by ordering him to pay 22% of
his adjusted gross income in addition to one-half of
private-school tuition, daycare, extracurricular expenses,
and uninsured medical expenses. We affirm in part and reverse
and remand in part for further proceedings.
"When reviewing a decision of a chancellor, this Court
applies a limited abuse of discretion standard of
review." Mabus v. Mabus, 890 So.2d 806, 810
(¶14) (Miss. 2003). "This Court will not disturb
the findings of a chancellor unless the chancellor was
manifestly wrong, clearly erroneous, or applied ...