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Family Law Appellate Court Opinion

by Roy, Christopher


AC40635 - Thunelius v. Posacki ("In this protracted, high conflict custody and support matter, the defendant mother, Julia Posacki, appeals from the judgment rendered by the trial court following a sixteen day trial on the custody action filed by the plaintiff father, Gerald Thunelius. On appeal, the defendant claims that the court improperly (1) delegated its decision-making authority to the guardian ad litem appointed for the parties' minor child, (2) ordered that the prevailing party in any postjudgment dispute adjudicated by the court after unsuccessful mediation with the guardian ad litem be reimbursed by the other party for his or her share of the guardian ad litem's fees, (3) appointed the guardian ad litem without having complied with the requirements of General Statutes ยงยง 46b-54 and 46b-12, (4) issued a protective order sua sponte, (5) ordered the parties to enroll the child in private school through high school and to share the payments for that schooling, (6) relied on unsupported net income figures on the child support guidelines worksheet prepared by the Judicial Branch, and (7) retroactively modified a pendente lite child support order by effectively forgiving the plaintiff's support arrearage. We agree with the defendant's second and fifth claims and further conclude that the defendant's third claim is moot. Accordingly, we affirm in part and reverse in part the court's judgment, and we dismiss in part the defendant's appeal.")