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Court Permits Transfer of Guardianship to Out-Of-State Aunt

In a decision involving the Department of Children and Families, a Connecticut trial court granted a maternal aunt’s motions for out-of-state placement and transfer of guardianship.  The children were originally removed from the mother’s care pursuant to an Order of Temporary Custody upon allegations that they were being denied proper care and attention, and were living under conditions injurious to their wellbeing.  After the children were committed to the care of DCF and placed in a foster residence, their maternal aunt, who lived in New York, filed a motion to intervene in the proceedings to obtain guardianship.

The Court’s Findings 

In granting the aunt’s motions, the Court explained that pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes § 46b-129(j), if a court determines that commitment should be revoked and the child’s guardianship should vest in someone other than his or her parents, or if parental rights are terminated at any time, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that an award of legal guardianship or adoption to a relative who is licensed as a foster parent shall be in the best interests of the child.

That presumption may be rebutted only by a preponderance of the evidence that such an award would not be in the child’s best interests and that such relative is not a suitable and worthy caregiver. In Re Noella A., Superior Court, Judicial District of New London, Docket No. K09CP09011902A (March 24, 2011, Mack, JTR).

Employing the aforementioned standard, the Court found that although the children had progressed well in foster care, there was no showing that the same progress could not be made if they lived with the maternal aunt.  The Court also found that in living with the aunt, the children would be with their cousins in an equally secure, safe, caring, and nurturing environment.

The Court further explained that even though the children established a bond with their foster parents, there was nothing to suggest they could not do so with their extended family. Ultimately modifying the permanency plan from termination of parental rights and adoption to transfer of guardianship, the Court stated it could not find that placement with the aunt would not be in the children’s best interests.

Our family law firm in Westport Connecticut serves clients with divorce, matrimonial, and family law issues from all over the state including the towns of Bethel, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newton, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Shelton, Sherman, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. We have the best divorce attorneys and family attorneys in CT on staff that can help with your Connecticut divorce or New York divorce today.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a divorce law attorney about a divorce or familial matter, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (203) 221-3100. We offer free divorce consultation as well as free consultation on all other familial matters. Divorce in CT and divorce in NYC is difficult, but education is power. Call our family law office in CT today.

Grandparents Who Seek Visitation Over Parental Opposition Have a Tough Legal Hill to Climb

Can grandparents get visitation rights to their grandchildren even if the child’s parents oppose such visitation? The answer is yes, but not without a tough standard to overcome. In 2002 the Connecticut Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision in Roth v. Weston. The Court held “a rebuttable presumption [is created] that visitation that is opposed by a fit parent is not in a child’s best interest.”

“In sum, therefore, we conclude that there are two requirements that must be satisfied in order for a court: (1) to have jurisdiction over a petition for visitation contrary to the wishes of a fit parent; and (2) to grant such a petition.” Roth v. Weston, at 234.

Roth’s Jurisdictional and Evidentiary Standard 

The court in Roth then set forth both a jurisdictional and evidentiary standard: “First, the petition must contain specific, good faith allegations that the petitioner has a relationship with the child that is similar in nature to a parent-child relationship. The petition must also contain specific, good faith allegations that denial of the visitation will cause real and significant harm to the child … The degree of specificity of the allegations must be sufficient to justify requiring the fit parent to subject his or her parental judgment to unwanted litigation. Only if these specific, good faith allegations are made will a court have jurisdiction over the petition.” Id.

“Second, once these high jurisdictional hurdles have been overcome, the petitioner must prove these allegations by clear and convincing evidence. Only if that enhanced burden of persuasion has been met may the court enter an order of visitation. These requirements thus serve as the constitutionally mandated safeguards against unwarranted intrusions into a parent’s authority.” Id. at 234–35.

This much stricter standard puts the parents’ right to make decisions for their child above all else. Later, “Public Act 12–137 codified Roth’s jurisdictional and evidentiary standard in § 46b–59, and additionally expressed various factors to guide the court in its decision making. The current version of § 46b–59 now enumerates factors for the court to take into consideration.” Miller v. Voisine, 2013 WL 1800414.

Assessing a Parent-Like Relationship

The statute states in relevant part: “(c) In determining whether a parent-like relationship exists between the person and the minor child, the Superior Court may consider, but shall not be limited to, the following factors:

  1. The existence and length of a relationship between the person and the minor child prior to the submission of a petition pursuant to this section;
  2. The length of time that the relationship between the person and the minor child has been disrupted;
  3. The specific parent-like activities of the person seeking visitation toward the minor child;
  4. Any evidence that the person seeking visitation has unreasonably undermined the authority and discretion of the custodial parent;
  5. The significant absence of a parent from the life of a minor child;
  6. The death of one of the minor child’s parents;
  7. The physical separation of the parents of the minor child;
  8. The fitness of the person seeking visitation; and
  9. The fitness of the custodial parent.”

Specific to grandparents, the statute further states “(d) In determining whether a parent-like relationship exists between a grandparent seeking visitation pursuant to this section and a minor child, the Superior Court may consider, in addition to the factors enumerated in subsection (c) of this section, the history of regular contact and proof of a close and substantial relationship between the grandparent and the minor child.” Id. at 8.

This standard is often tough to overcome by a grandparent. The legislature’s purpose when enacting this statute was to protect a parent’s right to raise their children and prevent unwanted intrusion that could be detrimental. But, this is not an impenetrable wall. If a grandparent can show a history of regular contact, demonstrating a substantial relationship in which continuation would be in the best interests of the child, a court will allow visitation despite parent objection.

Our family law firm in Westport Connecticut serves clients with divorce, matrimonial, and family law issues from all over the state including the towns of Bethel, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newton, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Shelton, Sherman, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. We have the best divorce attorneys and family attorneys in CT on staff that can help with your Connecticut divorce or New York divorce today.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a divorce law attorney about a divorce or familial matter, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (203) 221-3100. We offer free divorce consultation as well as free consultation on all other familial matters. Divorce in CT and divorce in NYC is difficult, but education is power. Call our family law office in CT today.

Court Modifies Unallocated Alimony and Support Down to $3,200 per Month

In Rosen v. Grand, Superior Court, Judicial District of Stamford-Norwalk, Docket No. FSTFA044000277S (Aug. 25, 2011, Wenzel, J.), the plaintiff’s husband filed a motion to modify his unallocated alimony and support payments six years after the parties’ divorce.  The plaintiff and defendant were originally married in 1989 and had two children together. When they were divorced on January 13, 2005, the court incorporated into its final decree the terms of a separation agreement entered into between the parties.

The Alimony and Child Support Agreement

Under the terms of that agreement, the plaintiff was required to pay unallocated alimony and child support to the defendant, who had primary physical custody of the children, in the amount of $7,292 per month.  The agreement provided that the amount of alimony could be modified upon a substantial change in circumstances.

On November 22, 2010, the plaintiff filed a motion to modify his unallocated support obligation, which the court previously reduced to $4,000 per month.  In reviewing the then-current circumstances of the parties, the court found that the defendant wife changed her employment from an advertising group, where she was compensated based on commissions, to a charitable association where she served as a regional director and was paid a salary. Though the wife testified she experienced a slight reduction in income, her financial affidavit actually reflected a slight increase.

The Court’s Findings

The plaintiff claimed that his income had decreased between thirty-five and forty percent since the last modification.  To support this claim, the plaintiff pointed to the financial affidavits he filed in both the previous hearing and the current hearing.  In his prior affidavit, the plaintiff showed gross weekly income of $2,707 and net weekly income of $2,359.  In the more recent affidavit, however, he demonstrated gross weekly income of $5,019 and net income of $1,348. The main reason for the change was an additional entry shown as a deduction on the more recent affidavit for “chiropractic expenses” in the amount of $3,109 per week.

Although the court recognized the deduction, because the previous modification took place approximately halfway through the previous year, the court adjusted it, ultimately finding that the plaintiff’s weekly net income for the basis of the motion for modification was $1,950, a seventeen percent decrease.  Notably, the Court also took into consideration the fact that in June 2011, the youngest child, who was eighteen at the time of the hearing, will graduate from high school and no longer be entitled to support.

Ultimately finding that the foregoing factors constituted a substantial change in circumstances, the Court reduced the plaintiff’s support obligation to $3,200 per month effective January 1, 2011, then $2,700 per month effective July 1, 2011.

Should you have any questions relating to alimony, or divorce proceedings generally, please feel free to contact Joseph Maya, Esq. by telephone at (203) 221-3100 or by e-mail at  JMaya@Mayalaw.com.

Our family law firm in Westport Connecticut serves clients with divorce, matrimonial, and family law issues from all over the state including the towns of: Bethel, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newton, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Shelton, Sherman, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. We have the best divorce attorneys and family attorneys in CT on staff that can help with your Connecticut divorce or New York divorce today.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a divorce law attorney about a divorce or familial matter, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (203) 221-3100. We offer free divorce consultation as well as free consultation on all other familial matters. Divorce in CT and divorce in NYC is difficult, but education is power. Call our family law office in CT today.

Can I Receive Alimony in Connecticut, if so, How Much Alimony Will I Receive?

In Connecticut, before a judge decides whether to award alimony, he must first take into account the length of the marriage, the cause for the divorce or legal separation, the respective ages of the parties involved, the health of the parties, the parties station in life, the parties occupations, the amount and sources of income of the parties, the parties employability, the estate needs of the parties, and the property distribution as a result of the divorce.

If alimony is to be awarded in Connecticut, a judge will consider the totality of the facts and circumstances of the parties to the action.  If alimony is awarded, it can be in the form of periodic alimony, lump sum alimony, or one dollar per year alimony.  It is important to note, if alimony is not awarded at the time of dissolution, it may never be awarded.  This is why judges sometimes award one dollar per year alimony. By awarding a nominal amount, one dollar, the judge reserves the right to modify the alimony should the circumstances of the parties change.


When seeking an alimony award, it is imperative to have an experienced divorce law attorney on your side.  At Maya Murphy, our Divorce Law Group has been handling divorce, child custody, child support, and alimony issues for over a decade in the courts of Connecticut and New York.  Call 203-221-3100 or email Ask@mayalaw.com to schedule a consultation today.

Should I File my Family Law Case in Connecticut or New York?

With the mass exodus of New Yorkers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic from New York City to the more suburban lifestyle of Connecticut, the question of where to file family law case actions has been emerging quite frequently.  The first and most critical question that you need to know is whether Connecticut or New York has jurisdiction to hear the case.  In short, the court with jurisdiction retains the official power to make legal decisions and judgments on a case.  But the answer may not be clear-cut.  Here is what you need to know about family law jurisdiction in Connecticut and New York:

Which State Has Jurisdiction for My Divorce Action?
Generally, Connecticut has jurisdiction over a divorce action if one of the following conditions apply:
  1. You or your spouse has lived in Connecticut for at least one (1) year prior to filing for divorce, OR
  2. You or your spouse lived in Connecticut at the time of the marriage, moved away, and then returned to Connecticut, AND plan to live here permanently.
Similarly, New York has jurisdiction over a divorce action if one of the following conditions apply:
  1.  You or your spouse have lived in New York State uninterrupted for at least two (2) years immediately before the date you start your divorce action; OR
  2. You or your spouse have lived in New York State on the date the divorce action was commended for a period of at least one (1) year, AND one of the following conditions applies:
    1. Your marriage ceremony was in New York; OR
    2. You lived in New York State with your spouse as married persons; OR
  3. You or your spouse have lived in New York State uninterrupted for at least one (1) year immediately before the date you start your divorce action, AND your grounds for divorce occurred in New York State; OR
  4. You and your spouse are residents of New York State on the date you start your divorce action, AND your grounds for divorce occurred in New York State.
Which State Has Jurisdiction for My Child Custody/Visitation Action?
Generally, Connecticut has custody and visitation jurisdiction if one of the following conditions apply:
  1. Connecticut is the home state of the child at the time the custody/visitation application is submitted, and the child has lived in Connecticut for the last six (6) months, or from birth if the child is less than six (6) months old; OR
  2.  The child lived in Connecticut for the last six (6) months, but has been removed from Connecticut less than six (6) months ago by a person claiming to have custody of the child and a parent or guardian continues to live in Connecticut; OR
  3. The child and at least one parent has significant ties to Connecticut and substantial evidence exists in Connecticut concerning the child’s present or future care, protection, training, and personal relationships; OR
  4. The child is in Connecticut now and has been abandoned, or there is an emergency affecting the child’s well-being; OR
  5. No other states have an interest in hearing the case, and it is in the child’s best interest for Connecticut to hear the case.
Generally, New York has custody and visitation jurisdiction if one of the following conditions apply:
  1. New York is the home state of the child at the time the custody/visitation application is submitted, and the child has resided in New York State for the last six (6) months before the start of a custody/visitation action, or
  2. No other state has jurisdiction, or any interested states has declined jurisdiction; and
    1. The child and child’s parents, or the child and at least one parent, have a significant connection with New York State other than a physical presence; OR
    2. Substantial evidence exists in New York concerning the child’s care, protection, training, and personal relationships; OR
    3. All courts having jurisdiction have declined jurisdiction on the ground that New York State is the more appropriate forum to determine custody; OR
    4. No court of any other state would have jurisdiction under the provisions of the statute.

You can now see that when determining where to file your family law matter, often jurisdiction is not a matter of choice, but a matter of law.  While it is possible that your case may be filed in either court, understanding the jurisdictional requirements is crucial in eliminating unnecessary expenses and attorneys’ fees expended by moving a case to the appropriate jurisdiction.  

If you have any further questions concerning the appropriate jurisdiction to file your family law action or would like the representation of an experienced attorney to assist you, contact our Managing Partner Joseph Maya directly via email at JMaya@Mayalaw.com or by telephone at (203) 221-3100 for a free consultation.

What You Need to Know About Divorce Automatic Court Orders in Connecticut

Automatic Court Orders

In Connecticut, upon filings for dissolution of marriage, dissolution of civil union, custody, and visitation, annulment, or legal separation, automatic court orders are put into place that essentially put a freeze on taking certain actions during the pendency of the case. These orders essentially act as restraining orders and are binding on the plaintiff at the time the complaint is signed, and on the defendant when served. Both parties must comply with these orders or risk facing contempt.

The intention behind these orders makes sense: they are designed to maintain the status quo. The period surrounding a divorce or separation can be extremely sensitive due to the enormity of uncertainty and associated stress, especially for households with children. Parents and children who once lived their lives completely intertwined will be forced to make changes in the coming months as the household is divided. Understandably, the stress that comes along with these changes often results in bringing the worst out of the parties. The automatic court orders aim to minimize actions by the parties that would inevitably cause further distress—or necessary legal action. 

Minimizing the Impact of Divorce on Children

Connecticut courts recognize that in cases involving children it is imperative to keep everything as close to normal as possible to minimize the disruption the divorce has on children. The parties are ordered not to move the children permanently from the state of Connecticut without the written consent of both parties. When moving from the marital home, you are ordered to notify the other party within 48 hours and to provide the other party with an address for mail to allow for communication.

If the parties have decided to live separately during the pendency of the case, the parties must also aid the children in continuing usual contact with the other parent in person, by telephone, or in writing. Likewise, no parent may change existing medical insurance or allow for such policies to expire. Both parents must also participate in a parenting education program.  

It is worth noting, however, that such orders involving the children do not override any existing court orders that are in conflict. Conflicting orders may include existing criminal protective orders put in place at arraignment after a domestic violence arrest or civil protective orders.

The Need for a Court Order

In addition to their application to families with children, the automatic court orders also extend to finances, regardless of whether parties have children. In all cases, neither party may dispose of any property without written agreement by the other party or court order. You may not hide property, mortgage property, remove the other party from ownership in a joint asset, go into unreasonable debt, remove the other from existing medical, life, auto, homeowners, or renter’s insurance or allow such policies to expire, change the terms or beneficiaries of life insurance, or deny the use of the family home to the other person without a court order.  

While these orders are intended to be limiting, you can imagine the complexities that may arise. Is there a family business? Will the addition of a second household change the financial situation substantially? Does one party need to get a job considerably changing the childcare need? It may prove difficult to navigate everyday life with these orders in place and thus it is important to seek competent counsel to aid you in the process. 


If you have any further questions about automatic court orders in Connecticut or would like the representation of an experienced attorney to assist you, contact our Managing Partner Joseph Maya directly via email at JMaya@Mayalaw.com or by telephone at (203) 221-3100 for a free consultation.

Prenuptial Agreements in Connecticut

Prenuptial agreements, also known as antenuptial or premarital agreements, are recognized in Connecticut, though they are not required to fit within a rigidly defined structure to be enforceable.  In fact, it is likely by design that Connecticut has opted to allow the construction of such agreements to be governed by contract law so as not to limit their applicability.  Such agreements are not just for the rich and famous, they can be powerful asset protection tools for anyone.

What should I include in my prenuptial agreement?

Connecticut law defines a prenuptial agreement as an agreement between prospective spouses in contemplation of marriage.   In such an agreement, the parties may contract with respect to the rights and obligations of each party to property including the right to buy, sell, transfer, exchange, abandon, lease, consume, assign, create a security interest in, mortgage, encumber, dispose of, or otherwise manage and control property; the disposition of that property upon marital dissolution or other defined event; modification or elimination of alimony; the creation of a will or other asset protection tool enabling carrying out the provisions of the agreement; disposition of a life insurance policy and retirement plans; and any other matter that effects their personal rights and obligations.

A full financial disclosure is required by both parties so as to ensure the parties are aware of all of the facts before entering into such an agreement.  In determine what provisions to incorporate, it is a good idea to consider all of these rights and obligations.

Can alimony and child support obligations be included in a premarital agreement?

It is possible to agree on the terms of alimony in the event of the breakdown of a marriage under Connecticut law.  If a party asserts there has been a waiver of such a right, however, the party allegedly waiving such a right must have been aware that by signing the agreement they were relinquishing any claims to alimony, Chang v. Chang, 170 Conn. App. 822, 155.  The waiver of such a right must have been clear and unequivocal; an inference of waiver alone is not sufficient.

Of course, prenuptial agreements do not allow you to contract away certain public policy interests, including child support.  

How will I know if my Connecticut prenuptial agreement will be upheld?

When seeking to have a premarital agreement enforced, the enforcing party must be able to show that the agreement was either, 1) not entered into voluntarily, 2) was unconscionable when it was executed or when enforcement is sought, 3) before the agreement was executed, such party was not provided fair and reasonable disclosure of the amount, character and value of property, financial obligations and income of the other party; or 4) such a party was not afforded a reasonable opportunity to consult with independent counsel.  

It is always best with prenuptial agreements to be extraordinarily transparent with respect to everything that may affect the rights and obligations of each party ensuring that the agreement will be upheld.  


If you have any further questions about Prenuptial Agreements in Connecticut, contact our Managing Partner Joseph Maya directly via email at JMaya@Mayalaw.com or by telephone at (203) 221-3100 for a free consultation.

The Intersection of Divorce and Domestic Violence in the Era of COVID-19

Now, more than ever, Connecticut Courts are seeing an increasing number of cases that involve both civil and criminal law. 

When an arrest is made as a result of a domestic disturbance, the offender is required to be in court the next business day for arraignment. Typically, a full no-contact protective order is put in place by the arresting officer that lasts from the time of the arrest until the offender presents at arraignment. This order not only requires that the offender not contact the protected party but also often orders the offender out of his or her own home while awaiting arraignment—or longer.

Imagine this; you have had a turbulent few years within your household. Financial stresses, infidelity, death, excessive work hours—the addition of children. All these stressors when piled on top of one another have created an exceedingly toxic environment within the four walls of your home. It has been difficult to come to terms with it, but it has become glaringly apparent that your relationship falls squarely within the parameters of domestic abuse and intimate partner violence.  You imagined getting a divorce before but up until now simply could not wrap your head around the life-altering, permanent leap of making this choice. 

Domestic Violence During COVID-19

Now, Covid-19 sweeps across the nation crippling life as we knew it, and you are suddenly thrust unexpectedly into a situation of unemployment and are now expected to homeschool or shoulder the burden and expense of full-time childcare—for multiple children. The physical, sexual, psychological, and financial abuse has quickly escalated, and you are no longer able to sweep it under the rug.  Your life just went from uncomfortable—to unbearable.  

One evening an argument between you and your spouse ensues.  It becomes excessively heated and the neighbors call the police. Before you know it, your spouse has been arrested for a domestic violence offense and ordered out of the home during the pendency of the criminal case. When your spouse shows up to court for the arraignment, the Judge extends the protective order and your spouse is unable to return home for an indeterminate amount of time.  You have no job, no local family, and a spouse that is now raging with fury. You are suddenly in dire need of help.

Amidst Covid-19, the courts are seeing an increasing number of cases just like this. It is tremendously important to have competent counsel to strategically guide you through the complex intersection of criminal and civil law from the onset. The choices made during this process can have tremendous consequences.  This is your life, your home—your family. 

If you have any further questions about family law and domestic violence in Connecticut or would like the representation of an experienced attorney to assist you, contact our Managing Partner Joseph Maya directly via email at JMaya@Mayalaw.com or by telephone at (203) 221-3100 for a free consultation.

Connecticut Divorce Checklist

Getting a divorce, for many people, is the most challenging life event they have experienced. Not only does divorce tend to be both financially and emotionally taxing, the legalities of getting a divorce can overwhelming.

Divorce can leave you feeling as though almost all aspects of your life are uncertain. In the face of such uncertainties, it is especially important to know what questions to ask your divorce attorney. We compiled a list of topics for you to consider when contemplating divorce.

Property and Finances
  • Spousal support: periodic, lump sum, waiver
  • Tax implications of divorce
  • Division of marital assets
  • Who, if anyone, will remain in the marital home?
  • Selling the marital home
  • Division of other real property
  • Vehicles: Leased, owned
  • Personal property: Furniture, jewelry, etc.
  • Business assets
  • Bank accounts: Checking, savings, kids account
  • Retirement benefits: Pensions, profit shares, deferred compensation, retirement funds
  • Debts: Loans, credit cards, taxes, healthcare, etc.
  • Medical insurance
  • Life insurance
Children
  • Child support
  • Child custody: legal and physical
  • Parenting time with non-custodial parent
  • Children’s healthcare costs
  • Children’s dental costs
  • Cost of primary education
  • Cost of secondary education
  • Beneficiaries of life insurance
Other Important Issues
  • Domestic violence
  • Temporary restraining orders
  • The intersection of criminal law and divorce
  • Child abuse
  • Addressing mental health
  • Addressing substance abuse
  • Changing your marital name

If you have any further questions about divorce in Connecticut or would like the representation of an experienced attorney to assist you, contact our Managing Partner Joseph Maya directly via email at JMaya@mayalaw.com or by telephone at (203) 221-3100 for a free consultation.

Former Wife Found in Contempt For Refusing to Pay College Expenses

A decision rendered in the Connecticut Superior Court illustrates the potential consequences of entering into an ambiguous agreement regarding the payment of college expenses.  In this particular case, the parties obtained an uncontested divorce on September 8, 2008.  Pursuant to the terms of their separation agreement, the parties were each responsible for paying 50% of their children’s “actual college education.”

Except for the designation “actual college education,” the language of the agreement tracked the language of C.G.S.A. §46b-56c in that educational costs were to include room, board, dues, tuition, books, fees, registration costs, and application costs up to the amount charged by the University of Connecticut for a full-time, in-state student.

When the parties’ older son attended technical school, both the mother and father contributed to the cost.  However, when the parties’ younger son enrolled in college, the mother refused to contribute, claiming she was entitled to a credit because the younger son’s technical school education was not “actual college” as set forth in the parties’ separation agreement.  The father filed a motion for contempt against the mother seeking an order of enforcement.

Relying, at least in part, on another Connecticut Superior Court decision which addressed a nearly identical issue, the Court found that the term “college” as used in the parties’ separation agreement did in fact include technical school.  Therefore, the mother was obligated to contribute toward both the older son’s vocational education and the younger son’s college education.  Since she failed to do so, the Court found the mother in contempt and ordered her to pay the husband the outstanding balance within thirty days.

If you have questions regarding alimony and college expenses, or any family law matter, contact Joseph Maya at 203-221-3100 or by email at JMaya@MayaLaw.com.