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Tuckman v. Tuckman

61 A.3d 449 (Conn. 2013)

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Tuckman v. Tuckman

Supreme Court of Connecticut

61 A.3d 449 (Conn. 2013)

Facts

Craig Tuckman (plaintiff) filed a petition for divorce from Karen Tuckman (defendant) after being married approximately 16 years and having two children. Both Tuckmans had substantial income and assets. Craig was a commodities broker who earned a salary of $1,250,000 annually. Karen’s assets included a one-third stake in BJK Partners (BJK), an investment partnership with her two older brothers in which she earned about $2,000,000 annually, and a one-third ownership interest in Offices Limited, Inc. (Offices Limited), a family office-furniture business. BJK had a value of approximately $2,700,000, while Offices Limited was worth about $1,250,000. The trial court ordered Craig to pay $250 per child per week in child support. Karen filed a motion for articulation, asking whether the court had: (1) considered either party’s child-support calculation worksheet and (2) determined the net income of each party. The trial court did not specifically address Karen’s requests in its response. Karen appealed. The appellate court reversed and held that the trial court had failed to follow the state’s child-support guidelines and corresponding tables in fashioning a child-support amount. The Supreme Court of Connecticut granted certiorari to review.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Eveleigh, J.)

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