*********************************************** 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. *********************************************** MELISSA CHANG v. DAVID CHANG (AC 42175) Alvord, Prescott and Bright, Js. Syllabus The defendant, whose marriage to the plaintiff previously had been dis- solved, appealed to this court from certain postjudgment orders of the trial court granting in part the plaintiff’s motions for contempt. The plaintiff cross appealed to this court from certain postjudgment orders of the trial court denying in part her motions for contempt and granting the defendant’s motion for contempt. The motions for contempt were all predicated on a postjudgment order of the court incorporating a stipulation by the parties. In her motions for contempt, the plaintiff alleged, inter alia, that the defendant had wilfully violated the parties’ stipulation when he was late in returning the parties’ minor son to her house after school on four occasions and by refusing to work with the guardian ad litem in mediation to resolve a parenting access schedule issue. In his motion for contempt, the defendant alleged, inter alia, that the plaintiff had wilfully violated an order of the court when she removed the parties’ minor daughter from private physical therapy sessions, which had been prescribed by the daughter’s physician. Held: 1. The trial court improperly granted the plaintiff’s motion for contempt regarding the parties’ parenting access schedule: the language in the stipulation underlying the motion, that the parties ‘‘shall work with the guardian ad litem’’ to adjust the schedule, was not clear and unambigu- ous, and the testimony of the guardian ad litem as to her interpretation of the relevant language was extrinsic evidence, which could only be considered when the order was found not to be clear and unambiguous and, thus, could not support a finding of contempt, and the defendant’s conduct in engaging in a forty-five minute telephone conversation with the guardian ad litem constituted a reasonable interpretation of the relevant language; moreover, the additional qualifying phrase ‘‘if neces- …Original document

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