Palazzo v. Palazzo
A court may keep continuing jurisdiction for the purposes of a future education support order, pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes §46b-56c, even if neither party graduated from college. The parties married on Feb. 14, 1994 in Rhode Island and have two children. The 39-year-old husband, a high school graduate who took some college courses, currently earns $1,100 gross per week as a corrections officer in Rhode Island. The 40-year-old wife, also a high school graduate, earns $550 gross per week as a medical assistant. The wife has taken part-time university classes for 18 years, in an attempt to earn a management degree. The parties experienced difficulty communicating with each other and went to marriage counseling in an attempt to save the marriage. The parties have not paid the mortgage in two years and owe about $260,000 on a property that has a fair market value of $170,000. Neither party hired an attorney for the dissolution of marriage. The pro se husband submitted 10 exhibits. The wife did not provide any exhibits. The court awarded joint custody, with primary residence with the wife and reasonable visitation with the husband. The court ordered the husband to pay child support of $143 per week, plus 45 percent of unreimbursed medical expenses. The court excused the husband from taking any parenting education course. The court kept continuing jurisdiction, for the purposes of an education support order, pursuant to C.G.S. §46b-56c. The court ordered the husband to pay alimony of $75 per week, as long as he is required to pay child support, and then $200 per week, until the wife's death, marriage or six years after the end of the husband's child support obligation, whichever takes place first. Alimony may not be discharged in bankruptcy. The court awarded the wife 50 percent of the marital portion of the husband's pension. The court awarded the husband the Dodge and the wife the Mercury.