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Family Law Appellate Court Opinions

by Roy, Christopher


AC42778 - Gershon v. Back ("The present appeal concerns the judgment rendered by the trial court when it dismissed the motion to open the 2011 New York judgment of marital dissolution (motion to open) filed by the plaintiff, Elana Gershon, some years after she registered the judgment in Connecticut. The plaintiff claims on appeal that the trial court improperly dismissed her motion to open for lack of subject matter jurisdiction by applying New York procedural rules, rather than Connecticut procedural rules, when it dismissed the motion. We conclude that the court properly determined that New York law governed the plaintiff’s rights with respect to the parties’ stipulation, but we agree with the plaintiff that the court improperly dismissed the motion to open for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The form of the judgment is improper. We, therefore, reverse the judgment of dismissal and remand the case with direction to render judgment denying the motion to open.")

AC42518 - Bevilacqua v. Bevilacqua ("The self-represented defendant, John Bevilacqua, appeals from the judgment of the trial court dissolving his marriage to the plaintiff, Pamela Bevilacqua, and entering related financial orders. On appeal, the defendant claims that the court (1) abused its discretion in denying his request for a continuance of the trial, (2) erred by ordering him to pay periodic alimony to the plaintiff, and (3) erred by awarding certain real property to him in its property distribution order. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.")