April 16, 2019
from the Superior Court, Judicial District of Waterbury,
Lloyd Cutsumpas, Judge Trial Referee.
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W., self-represented, the appellant (defendant).
C.J., and Alvord and Norcott, Js.
Conn.App. 28] The self-represented defendant, Eric W.,
appeals from the judgment of dissolution and the courts
order related to the postjudgment motion for contempt filed
by the plaintiff, Maria W. On appeal, the defendant has raised
numerous claims, which we [191 Conn.App. 29] have
distilled to his claims that
the court (1) abused its discretion by admitting evidence at
the dissolution trial of his arrest and (2) with respect to
the plaintiffs motion for contempt, improperly found him to
be in arrears on his child support and alimony obligations
and ordered him to make certain weekly payments to the
plaintiff to cover his current and delinquent child support
and alimony obligations. We affirm the judgment of
dissolution and dismiss the appeal with respect to the motion
for contempt for lack of a final judgment.
record reveals the following relevant facts and procedural
history. The parties were married on March 17, 2000, and are
the parents of one minor child. The plaintiff initiated the
underlying dissolution proceeding in June, 2016. The trial
lasted five days, commencing on May 11, 2017, and concluding
on June 9, 2017. At trial, the plaintiff testified as to an
April 5, 2016 incident in which the police arrested and
charged the defendant. The charges were risk of injury to a
child, assault in the third degree, resisting arrest, and
disturbance of the peace. The defendant objected to this
testimony on the ground that the charges had been dismissed.
The court overruled the defendants objection.
June 26, 2017, the court dissolved the parties marriage. In
its judgment of dissolution, the court found the plaintiffs
evidence "far more credible" than that of the
defendant. The court found that the plaintiff acted as the
primary caregiver to the child and that the defendant,
despite having been afforded supervised parenting time with
the child, had failed to visit the child in more [191
Conn.App. 30] than one year. The court granted the parties
joint legal custody of the child and further ordered that the
childs "primary residence and physical custody will be
with the [plaintiff] ...." Finding that the defendants
pendente lite child support and alimony payments were in
arrears in the amount of $1008 and $1200, respectively, the
court ordered the defendant to make weekly payments of $16
toward the child support arrearage and $10 toward the alimony
arrearage. It additionally ordered the defendant to pay the
plaintiff weekly child support in the amount of $82 and
weekly alimony in the amount of $25.
November 29, 2017, the plaintiff filed a motion for contempt,
alleging that the defendant owed her $3857 for past due child
support and alimony. Following a January 2, 2018 hearing on
the matter, the court found that the defendant owed the