In the Matter of PoulinAnnotate this Case
Appellant Rose Marie Wall (Mother) appealed a circuit court's ruling that diemissed her petition to find Appellee Christian Poulin (Father) in contempt of a court order. The parties stipulated to payments towards their two children's college expenses. The parties could not agree on the amount of expenses Father would pay for the younger daughter's college expenses, and accordingly, he made no payments. Mother subsequently sought to hold Father in contempt of the divorce decree for failing to pay. On appeal, Mother argued that the trial court erred in ruling "that it did not have the authority to enforce the [college expense] provision in the parties' [divorce decree]" because the provision "clearly provide[s] that each parent [will] contribute to the children's college expenses to the extent each party is financially able after financial aid, scholarships and any children's savings are considered." Upon review, the Supreme Court found that the decree indeed ordered the parties to contribute to their children's college expenses, and that the trial court erred in determining it could not enforce that provision of the divorce decree. The case was reversed and remanded for further proceedings.