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Family Law Appellate Court Opinions

by Booth, George


AC40470 - Powers v. Hiranandani (Dissolution of marriage; Subject matter jurisdiction over real property; "The defendant, Kaveesh Hiranandani, appeals from the judgment of the trial court dissolving his marriage to the plaintiff, Colleen Powers. On appeal, the defendant claims that the court (1) lacked subject matter jurisdiction over the real property it awarded to the plaintiff, (2) issued orders with respect to real property that were predicated on a mistake and are impossible to execute, (3) abused its discretion by dividing the real property between the parties without determining its value, (4) abused its discretion by failing to divide the parties' personal property, (5) improperly ordered him to pay a percentage of the cost of all future extracurricular activities of the parties' child, and (6) abused its discretion by issuing financial orders in excess of his ability to pay. We agree with the defendant's fourth claim, but disagree with the remainder of his claims. We, therefore, reverse in part the judgment of the trial court and remand the case for further proceedings.")

AC41738 - Igersheim v. Bezrutczyk (Petition for visitation; Subject matter jurisdiction; "The defendant, Tiffany M. Bezrutczyk, appeals from the trial court's judgment granting the petition filed by the plaintiff, Sandra L. Igersheim, for visitation with her grandson, the defendant's minor child. The defendant claims that the court erred in a number of its rulings. We conclude that the defendant did not adequately brief these claims and, therefore, we decline to review them. See Clelford v. Bristol, 150 Conn. App. 229, 233, 90 A.3d 998 (2014). We do, however, consider the claims raised in the brief of the court-appointed guardian ad litem that the court (1) lacked subject matter jurisdiction to consider the petition, (2) improperly concluded that the denial of visitation to the plaintiff would cause real and significant harm, and (3) impermissibly precluded testimony and recommendations by the guardian ad litem. We agree with the guardian ad litem with respect to the issue of subject matter jurisdiction and, accordingly, reverse the judgment of the court and remand the case with direction to dismiss the petition.")