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Family Law Appellate Court Opinion

by Booth, George


AC44489 - Renstrup v. Renstrup (Dissolution of marriage; whether trial court abused its discretion in calculating child support obligation by failing to allocate properly total amount of child support between parties as required by Child Support and Arrearage Guidelines set forth in state regulations (ยง 46b-215a-1 et seq.); "The defendant, Jens Renstrup, appeals from the judgment of the trial court dissolving his marriage to the plaintiff, Hedyeh Renstrup, and entering certain financial orders. On appeal, the defendant claims that the court improperly (1) calculated its basic child support award, (2) issued an open-ended, uncapped percentage based supplemental child support award, (3) issued an open-ended, uncapped supplemental alimony award, (4) based both of its supplemental awards on a clearly erroneous finding that the defendant's bonus income had a "cap" of 30 percent of his base salary, and (5) included certain unvested shares and stock options in its distribution of marital property. We conclude that the court erred in its child support and alimony orders and, accordingly, reverse in part the judgment of the trial court and remand the matter for a new trial on all financial orders.")