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Family Law Appellate Court Opinion

by Roy, Christopher


AC44298 - Ricketts v. Ricketts ("The marriage between the plaintiff, Robert Alexander Ricketts, and the defendant, Janelle R. Ricketts (now known as Janelle R. Mallett), was dissolved in 2018. The plaintiff appeals from the September 17, 2020 orders of the trial court, Nguyen-O'Dowd, J., denying his postjudgment motion to 'transfer [this matter] to the Regional Family Trial Docket in accordance with the [parties'] divorce decree' and appointing a guardian ad litem (GAL) for the parties' minor children. On November 13, 2020, this court ordered, sua sponte, that the parties file memoranda giving reasons, if any, why this appeal should not be dismissed for lack of an appealable judgment. On December 16, 2020, we dismissed the plaintiff's appeal and indicated in our order that an opinion would follow. This opinion elucidates our conclusion that this court does not have jurisdiction to consider the propriety of these postjudgment orders at this time.")