*********************************************** The “officially released” date that appears near the be- ginning of each opinion is the date the opinion will be pub- lished in the Connecticut Law Journal or the date it was released as a slip opinion. The operative date for the be- ginning of all time periods for filing postopinion motions and petitions for certification is the “officially released” date appearing in the opinion. All opinions are subject to modification and technical correction prior to official publication in the Connecticut Reports and Connecticut Appellate Reports. In the event of discrepancies between the advance release version of an opinion and the latest version appearing in the Connecticut Law Journal and subsequently in the Connecticut Reports or Connecticut Appellate Reports, the latest version is to be considered authoritative. The syllabus and procedural history accompanying the opinion as it appears in the Connecticut Law Journal and bound volumes of official reports are copyrighted by the Secretary of the State, State of Connecticut, and may not be reproduced and distributed without the express written permission of the Commission on Official Legal Publica- tions, Judicial Branch, State of Connecticut. *********************************************** YUN ZHOU v. HAO ZHANG (SC 20146) Robinson, C. J., and Palmer, D’Auria, Mullins, Kahn and Vertefeuille, Js. Syllabus The plaintiff, whose marriage to the defendant had been dissolved, appealed, challenging the trial court’s custody orders and claiming that the trial court improperly declined to enforce the parties’ purported agreement to revoke an earlier postnuptial agreement and incorrectly determined that the postnuptial agreement was enforceable. Approximately six years into the parties’ marriage, during which they had two children, the parties, after seeking and obtaining the advice of counsel, entered into a postnuptial agreement pursuant to which they agreed that, if either party sought a divorce between certain specified dates, the plaintiff would receive a certain amount of alimony and a specified distribution of marital property. Thereafter, the plaintiff filed for divorce when the postnuptial agreement was effective, and the parties entered into divorce mediation. The parties retained S as a mediator. The defendant agreed to retain S in reliance on S’s representation on S’s website that mediation was voluntary and that any party could withdraw from mediation without sacrificing his or her rights. Moreover, the mediation agreement between the parties and S provided that the parties agreed to keep all statements made and materials and documents prepared and disclosed during medi- ation confidential and that this confidentiality would extend to any future judicial proceedings. Shortly after mediation commenced, the plaintiff sent an e-mail to S and the defendant, requesting a revocation of the parties’ postnuptial agreement. S responded in an e-mail addressed to both the plaintiff and the defendant that he could help with that matter but that the ultimate separation agreement that the parties would reach at the conclusion of mediation would govern and would effectively override the parties’ postnuptial agreement. S nevertheless prepared a revocation agreement, which the parties signed after making full disclose to one another regarding their financial information. …Original document

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