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These appeals arose from an October 2009 order on a petition for contempt filed by Denita Jones (“Wife”). In the order, the trial court found Nolan Jones (“Husband”) in willful contempt regarding his child support obligations, calculating his arrearage at over $119,000. The Georgia Supreme Court granted both parties’ respective applications for discretionary appeal to address various aspects of this order. After review, the Court affirmed the trial court’s general finding of contempt, however, it concluded that the trial court erred in revisiting previously adjudicated arrearages and reversed the order to the extent it did so. Furthermore, the Court concluded that the court erred in calculating the most recently accrued arrearage. That portion of the order was reversed and remanded for a re-determination of that arrearage consistent with the terms of the parties’ divorce decree. In light of these dispositions, the Court also reversed the order to the extent it directed Husband to purchase a life insurance policy. Finally, the Court concluded that the trial court’s attorney fee award was not excessive and therefore affirmed that portion of the order.