Superior Court of Connecticut, Judicial District of New London, Norwich
(with first initial, no space for Sullivan, Dorsey, and
Walsh): Diana, Leo V., J.
MEMORANDUM OF DECISION
action seeks the dissolution of the parties'
thirteen-year marriage. The action was commenced by a
complaint dated April 5, 2015, filed on May 5, 2015 which was
returnable to the court on May 19, 2015. The complaint was
orally amended by agreement to correct the date of marriage
to July 21, 2002.
parties appeared at trial on May 24, 2016, the plaintiff as a
self-represented litigant and the defendant with counsel. The
court considered the testimony, evidence and the financial
affidavits of the parties, along with the provisions of
General Statutes § § 46b-81 and 46b-82.
financial matters were in dispute in the contested
dissolution trial, the court ordered the unsealing of the
financial affidavits pursuant to Practice Book § 25-59A.
court makes all of the following factual findings herein by a
preponderance of evidence unless otherwise stated.
parties were married in Southold, New York on July 21, 2002
and separated in February 2015 when they were on vacation in
Jamaica. Thereafter a TRO was filed by the plaintiff against
the defendant but was not pursued on the May 8, 2015 hearing
plaintiff is a 39-year-old man with a high school degree
(1995), he is in good health and currently working as a bike
mechanic in New London earning $430.00 gross per week.
defendant is a 44-year-old woman, this is her second
marriage, she received a BS Degree from an online college
(2011), is in good health, and earns $1, 975.00 gross per
week working in medical sales.
parties have considerable debt that is not being paid, the
defendant paid the bills during the marriage after the
parties deposited their pay into a joint account. The
plaintiff described the defendant as the one who " wore
the pants" in the relationship, he did not think his
voice was heard. The parties lived in New York, Colorado, St.
John and Connecticut during their relationship. The defendant
traveled with her career, increasing her salary over the
years. The plaintiff worked in maintenance and as a bike
mechanic along with periods of unemployment. He lost his job
with the town of East Lyme for missing work. The plaintiff
never earned a lot of money, he was not concerned about
expenses as the defendant took care of the finances.
parties own two timeshares with a total value of $12, 500.00,
one in Florida the other in Colorado, a 2010 GMC Sierra truck
with no equity, a rebuilt boat worth $10, 000.00 and the
defendant's pension is valued at $40, 000.00. The total
credit card debt of the parties is approximately $60, 000.00
and is not being paid.
court finds the parties to be credible. Their communication
was strained prior to their separation, they attended
counseling yet were to able to resolve their issues. They do
however still care for each other. The defendant added the
plaintiff to her insurance when she found out he lost his
coverage after losing his job.
defendant had suspicions in the fall of 2014 that the
plaintiff was having an affair with a neighbor, something he
denied which she later confirmed to be true when she found
them in bed together in April 2015. The plaintiff does not
deny the relationship but claims it occurred after the
parties' marriage was over. The court finds the ...