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In Barnes v. Barnes,

the Circuit Court for Bedford County, Tennessee, ruled at the conclusion of the parties complex divorce that wife was only entitled to rehabilitative alimony in the sum of $4,300.00 per month for a period of four years and otherwise divided the marital estate by the use of a mathematical formula to which wife objected. Pate & Knott was the attorney of record for ex-wife on appeal to the Court of Appeals of Tennessee, Middle Division at Nashville, and the Appellate Court reversed the trial court, by finding that wife who was a nurse earning $50,000.00 per year, was not subject to financial rehabilitation as compared to her husband, a dentist, who was earing in excess of $400,000.00 per year and ordered that she was entitled to lifetime alimony in the sum of $6,000.00 per month. The appellate court further modified the trial court's decision and awarded ex-wife a substantial larger portion of the marital estate. Therefore, ex-wife prevailed in the appellate court on these two critical issues.

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