Aldag v. Aldag
A court can hold a party in contempt of court, if the party fails to comply with a clear and unequivocal court order. The parties married in 1991 and have two minor children. In 2010, the parties vacationed in Nebraska, and the wife allegedly remained in Nebraska and failed to return the husband's calls, after he returned to Connecticut. In August 2010, the wife returned to Connecticut and allegedly asked the husband to vacate the marital residence. The husband had trusted the wife with the family finances, and when he requested a credit report, he allegedly discovered that the wife had not paid the mortgage in months. The parties filed for bankruptcy relief and discharged unsecured debt. The marital residence was foreclosed. The court did not credit the wife's claim that the husband allegedly drank too much. After the wife informed a therapist that the husband allegedly was emotionally abusive to her and the minor children, the Department of Children and Families investigated. The minor children denied that there was violence or name calling. DCF was unable to substantiate the claims. Allegations that the husband passionately kissed one of the children one night also were unsubstantiated. The court found that the wife willfully kept the children away from the husband, in violation of a clear court order, and was in contempt of court. The court awarded joint legal custody, with primary residence with the wife. The court ordered reunification counseling and unsupervised visitation with the husband, every other week, for two hours. The husband may attend any school or extracurricular activity and may contact the children via phone, text and e-mail. The court ordered the husband, who sometimes worked two jobs and currently earns about $51,000 gross per year at ABC Supply, to pay child support of $189 per week. The court did not award alimony to the wife, who earns about $784 gross per week, working at the Hartford Courant and about $15 per week, selling kitchen products. The court awarded the wife the Honda and the husband the Suzuki and his interest in his grandmother's estate in Iowa.