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Family Law Appellate Court Opinions

by Roy, Christopher


AC41102 - Colby v. Colby ("The defendant, Arthur Colby, appeals from the judgment of the trial court rendered after the plaintiff, Diane Colby, sought to enforce a California judgment pursuant to General Statutes ยง 46b-70 et seq. On appeal, the defendant claims that the court improperly (1) denied him relief from the California judgment, (2) declined to order the plaintiff to produce receipts in support of child support expenditures, and (3) calculated postjudgment interest. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.")

AC40936 - Lavy v. Lavy ("The plaintiff, Gad Lavy, appeals from the judgment of the trial court granting the motion of the defendant, Michele Brown, to open and reform the parties' marital dissolution judgment because the plaintiff failed to disclose on his financial affidavit two marital assets: a savings account with First Niagara Bank, N.A., formerly known as NewAlliance Bank (Niagara account), and real property located in the Middle East (Jerusalem property). The plaintiff later amended this appeal to challenge the court's subsequent decision to grant the defendant's motion for an award of postjudgment interest. On appeal, the plaintiff claims that the court improperly (1) found that his failure to disclose the Niagara account and Jerusalem property on his financial affidavit constituted material omissions that triggered remedial measures set forth in the parties' separation agreement, which was incorporated by reference into the judgment of dissolution, (2) awarded the defendant prejudgment interest despite her having requested such relief for the first time in her posthearing brief, and (3) awarded the defendant postjudgment interest during the pendency of the appeal, purportedly in violation of the automatic appellate stay. We reject the plaintiff's claims and, accordingly, affirm the judgment of the trial court.")

AC41050 - Oudheusden v. Oudheusden ("The defendant, Peter Oudheusden, appeals from the judgment of the trial court dissolving his marriage to the plaintiff, Penny Oudheusden, and entering certain financial orders. On appeal, the defendant claims that the court (1) improperly double counted a marital asset for purposes of the property division and spousal support awards, and (2) abused its discretion in failing to make equitable orders in the division of the marital estate. We agree and, accordingly, reverse in part the judgment of the trial court and remand the case for a new trial on all financial issues.")