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Family Law Appellate Court Opinions

by Greenlee, Rebecca


AC46050 - De Almeida-Kennedy v. Kennedy ("In this postjudgment dissolution matter, the self-represented defendant, James Kennedy, appeals from the judgment of the trial court denying his motion for modification of his unallocated alimony and child support obligation. On appeal, the defendant claims that the court abused its discretion in (1) determining that the change in residence of the parties’ older child did not constitute a substantial change in circumstances, (2) denying the defendant’s motion without determining the child support component of the unallocated order, (3) interpreting the unallocated support obligation as set forth in the parties’ separation agreement to be nonmodifiable, and (4) disallowing the testimony of the parties’ older child as to the alleged cohabitation of the plaintiff, Fatima K. De Almeida-Kennedy. We reverse in part the judgment of the court.")

AC45727 - Marshall v. Marshall ("In this marital dissolution action, the defendant, John Marshall II, appeals from the judgment of the trial court dissolving his marriage to the plaintiff, Margaret Marshall, challenging the factual and legal bases for the court’s alimony and child support orders. On appeal, the defendant claims that the court improperly (1) relied on the plaintiff’s allegedly manipulated 2020 income in fashioning the alimony and child support orders, rather than relying on the plaintiff’s 2021 partnership distributions, and, alternatively, (2) based those support orders on the plaintiff’s reported income rather than on her earning capacity. We disagree and, accordingly, affirm the judgment of the trial court.")