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Bedrick v. Bedrick

Supreme Court of Connecticut
17 A.3d 17 (Conn. 2011)


Facts

Deborah Bedrick (plaintiff) filed a petition for divorce from Bruce Bedrick (defendant). The Bedricks executed a postnuptial agreement during the marriage, providing that Deborah would receive a cash settlement of $75,000 upon divorce. Neither Deborah nor Bruce had a college degree. Deborah and Bruce worked for a car-wash business for a number of years, and Deborah took additional work to supplement their income. Thereafter, the Bedricks had a son. At the time of the hearing, the Bedricks were both 57 years old, and the value of their combined assets exceeded $900,000. The trial court held that the economic circumstances of the Bedricks had dramatically changed since the execution of the agreement and that enforcement of the postnuptial agreement would be unfair and inequitable. The trial court granted the divorce but held that the postnuptial agreement was unenforceable. Bruce appealed.

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