Mallory v. Mallory, 32850

Decision Date25 October 1977
Docket NumberNo. 32850,32850
Citation240 Ga. 63,239 S.E.2d 384
PartiesRobert Leroy MALLORY v. Mary MALLORY.
CourtGeorgia Supreme Court

Novy & Rumsey, Eugene Novy, Penelope W. Rumsey, Atlanta, for appellant.

Kingloff, Clifford & Travis, J. Stephen Clifford, Atlanta, for appellee.

BOWLES, Justice.

Appellee wife filed suit for divorce and alimony against appellant husband in Fulton Superior Court. A temporary order was entered in that case providing in part that the husband was to pay all the bills set forth on his affidavit put in evidence that day. Upon husband's motion to modify, the court subsequently amended its initial order by requiring the defendant to keep current the indebtedness set forth in his affidavit. No appeal was taken from either order.

The wife filed a rule for contempt against the husband requesting the court to require him to comply and abide by each and every provision of the court's temporary order. Following a hearing, the court found that the husband owed certain specific amounts to specific creditors as of the date of the court's order and concluded that these were obligations which the husband had been ordered to pay on behalf of the wife in the temporary order as amended. It determined that the amount involved totaled $3,436.97. The court reserved for later determination the issue of whether the contempt found in the order was wilful, and also reserved a ruling on attorney fees in regard to that hearing.

The appellant husband appeals to this court enumerating as errors that the court's finding modified its previous temporary order; that he was not afforded the statutory notice of a motion to modify; that the court's order amounted to a final determination of a fact issue in the main case; and that the court's temporary order, as amended, was too uncertain and indefinite to be enforced and was outside the authority of the court to grant. We disagree and affirm.

No transcript was filed or included in the record on appeal. Therefore, the evidence presented to the trial judge, and the sufficiency thereof cannot be considered by this court. The temporary alimony order as modified is sufficiently definite and certain to be enforceable. We conclude that the court's order appealed from was not an attempt by the trial judge to modify a previous order but was a finding of fact that the appellant owed the designated amounts under the prior order of the court requiring him to keep current the indebtedness set forth in his affidavit. ...

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  • Easterwood v. LeBlanc, 32824
    • United States
    • Georgia Supreme Court
    • October 25, 1977
  • Hopkins v. Hopkins, 34906
    • United States
    • Georgia Supreme Court
    • July 18, 1979
    ...to pay. In the absence of a transcript, we must presume that the evidence supports the decision of the trial court. Mallory v. Mallory 240 Ga. 63, 239 S.E.2d 384 (1977). Judgment All the Justices concur, except JORDAN, J., who dissents. ...
  • Gillespie v. Gillespie, S90A0182
    • United States
    • Georgia Supreme Court
    • February 28, 1990
    ...to the contrary, that they discharged their duty in compliance with the law. Doe v. Peoples 1 Ga. 1 (1846). [Cit.]" Mallory v. Mallory, 240 Ga. 63, 64, 239 S.E.2d 384 (1977). We presume, therefore, that the evidence supported a finding that the real estate at issue was marital property and ......
1 books & journal articles
  • Is Georgia's Post-judgment Garnishment Statute Still Unconstitutional?
    • United States
    • State Bar of Georgia Georgia Bar Journal No. 16-7, June 2011
    • Invalid date
    ...236 Ga. 729, 225 S.E.2d 428 (1976). [4] City Fin. Co. v. Winston, 238 Ga. 10, 231 S.E.2d 45 (1976)). [5] See Easterwood, 240 Ga. at 62, 239 S.E.2d at 384. [6] BLACK'S LAW DICTIONARY 702 (8th ed. 2004). [7] O.C.G.A. § 18-4-61 (2004). [8] O.C.G.A. § 18-4-64(c) (2004). [9] O.C.G.A. § 18-4-93 (......

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