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Lewis County Clerk & Master

Donna Couch

Clerk & Master
Chancery and Probate Courts

Lewis County Courthouse
110 North Park, Room 208
Hohenwald, TN  38462
P: 931-796-3734
F: 931-796-6017


M-F 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Judges of Chancery/ Probate Court

Honorable Deanna B. Johnson
Honorable Michael W. Binkley
Honorable Joseph A. Woodruff
Honorable James G. Martin III

The Clerk and Master is appointed by the Circuit Judges serving as Chancellors for the 21st Judicial District. 
The Clerk & Master, as Clerk of the Chancery Court, is required by statute to:  keep rule and execution dockets, enter minutes of the court, file and enter all documents, pleadings, papers and exhibits, invest funds under the Clerk’s control, attend court, legal custodian of court records, administer oaths, issue all summons, writs, executions, subpoenas, and attachments, prepare court record on appeals, collect revenue for the county and state, and perform all other duties as required by law.   In Probate Court, the Clerk & Master administers all estates except in solemn form, appoints personal representatives for estates, claims against estates, appoints guardian ad litems for minors, guardianship and conservatorship cases, approves annual accountings, and various other duties of estate administration.  The Local Rules of Practice for the 21st Judicial District maybe found at

Examples of Cases decided in the Lewis County Chancery Court include:

All Divorces/Other Domestic Relations
All Adoptions
All Name Changes
All estates
Specific Performance
Real Estate Matters
Delinquent Taxes
Partition Suits
Special remedies
Surrender/Termination of Parental Rights

Minor Settlements
Foreign Judgments
Workers’ Compensation
Muniment of Title
Quiet Title
Guardianship & Conservatorship
Personal injury, property damage
Child Support (within a chancery case)
Orders of Protection (within a divorce)


Civil Court Cost effective January 1, 2017 cost due upon filing:

Cost includes Litigation Tax                                                            No Service      With Service($42.00)

Category One Cases (bond may be used for clerk fee only)               $302.50           $344.50(1 def)

Contracts, torts, personal injury, property damage, malpractice,

Wrongful death, employment discrimination, civil rights suits,

Tax disputes, special remedies & cases not otherwise specified

Category Two Cases                                                                         $227.50           $269.50(1def)

Workers Comp Cases (bond may be used for clerk fee only),

appeals to circuit from General Sessions, city courts and other

courts or hearings, Transfers from foreign counties,

writs of mandamus, condemnation/Inverse condemnation & quo warranto actions.

Category Three Cases                                                                      $177.50            $219.50(1 def)

Adoptions, legitimations, paternity cases, termination of

Parental rights & other domestic relations matters not

Otherwise designated, restoration of citizenship, name changes,

Minor settlements, enforcement of foreign judgments, and

orders of protection, cross-filings and counter complaints.

Category Four Cases                                                                         $152.50           $194.50(1 def)

Child support enforcement & modification, interstate support

Cases, modification of parenting plan, civil contempt.

Divorce with minor children                                                               $277.50         $319. 50(1 def)

Divorce no minor children                                                                  $202.50            $244.50(1 def)

Estates                                 (includes publication of Notice to Creditors)       $377.50           $419.50(1 def)

Small estate Affidavit             (Notice to Creditor fee of $70.00 not included)     $118.50         $150.50(1 def)

Spousal Support Petition in Estate                                                        $30.00            

Guardianship/Conservatorship                                                           $277.50           $319.50 (1 Def)

Filing claim against Estate                                                                 $11.00 must be filed in triplicate

Exception to Claim against Estate                                                      $42.00

Interim Settlements or Accounting                                                     $40.00

Post Judgment Requests                                                                   $25.00

Removal of Disabilities                                                                      $177.50           $219.50 (1 Def)

Mental Health Cases                                                                         $127.50           $169.50 (1 Def)

Certification & Seal                                                                           $5.00    Copies .50 for each page

Issuing Process other than initial process                                            $6.00

Subpoena Cost                                                                                 $48.00 ($6.00 plus $42.00 sheriff service)

Requests not otherwise provided for                                                  $18.00

Entering an Order on existing case, other than closing order, not otherwise provided for:  $12.00

Filing Documents not otherwise provided                                         $7.00  

Case Continuances                                                                          $7.00 each (taxed at end of case)

Receiving Funds on Confirmation of Private Sale                             $40.00

Preparing Appeal Record to Appellate Court                                   $300.00 – due upon filing of appeal

Third Party Complaints  - same as original Complaint

Garnishments/Bank Levy                                                                   47.00 (includes ofcr cost)

Issue Execution/Attachment                                                               67.00 (includes ofcr cost)

Officer Service on each defendant                                                     $42.00

Counter and Cross Filings $100.00

Court Cost subject to change – call Clerk & Master to verify
Parenting Class Programs for Divorcing Parents
To Register & Cost Information contact the phone numbers listed below:

Positive Parenting Seminar
Mid South Mediation Services
931-796-0487 Lewis
931-622-1462 Hickman & Perry
931-599-0510 Williamson
Hickman County Agricultural Extension Service
Attn:  Brenda Van Cleve
114 Huddleston Street
Centerville, TN  37033
Perry County Agricultural Extension Services
Attn:  Genia Southall
124 Main Street, Courtview Ofc Bldg.
Linden, TN  37096
Ever After Parenting
Attn:  Glenna Mingledorff
Columbia State Community College
Columbia, TN  38401
931-698-8392 or register online:
New Beginnings Parenting Class
1810 Columbia Ave, Rolling Hills Church
Franklin, TN
Angela Good 615-294-4663
The Accord Center
Attn:  Sam Weiland
P O Box 681674
Franklin, TN  37068
144 Second Ave North
Nashville, TN  37201
615-452-9898 or 866-834-LIFE
Sherry Davidson 615-390-7728
The People’s Church
828 Murfreesboro Rd
Franklin, TN 37064
Columbia State Community College
A1665 Hampshire Pike
Columbia, TN  38402
Franklin & Columbia Classes
Family Therapy Cooperative
ATTN: Tracy Steyer, MMFT
357 Riverside Drive
Franklin, TN 37064
Kathy A. Smith, M.A., CFLE
220 College St. East, Ste F
Fayetville, TN 37334
Rutherford County TransParenting
child care 615-223-6002

Information regarding child support guidelines and worksheets can be obtained at     
Parenting Plan Forms:         Click on Information then Forms/Publications, scroll down to Parenting Plans Forms.






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