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Family Law Supreme Court Opinion

by Booth, George


SC20598 - Conroy v. Idlibi (Dissolution; Fraud; Evidentiary hearing; Whether Appellate Court correctly concluded that trial court did not abuse its discretion when it denied defendant's motion to open judgment based on allegations of fraud; "The defendant, Ammar A. Idlibi, appeals from the judgment of the Appellate Court affirming the trial court's denial of his motion to open the judgment in this marital dissolution case on the basis of fraud. Specifically, the defendant claims that the trial court improperly denied his motion to open without first affording him an opportunity to present certain evidence that the plaintiff, Katie N. Conroy, had lied under oath about certain topics during the underlying proceedings. For the reasons that follow, we agree with the Appellate Court's assessment that the trial court did not abuse its discretion by concluding that the defendant's particular allegations, even if proven to be true, were unlikely to have altered the ultimate resolution of the parties' divorce. As a result, we conclude that the Appellate Court properly affirmed the trial court's denial of the defendant's motion to open.")