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Constance Beckman v. Christian Beckman

SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY APPELLATE DIVISION


May 4, 2011

CONSTANCE BECKMAN, PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
v.
CHRISTIAN BECKMAN, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

On appeal from the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Family Part, Mercer County, Docket No. FM-11-371-01C.

Per curiam.

NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE DIVISION

Submitted April 11, 2011

Before Judges Grall and LeWinn.

In this post-judgment matrimonial matter, defendant Christian Beckman appeals from the December 30, 2009 order of the Family Part increasing his child support for the parties' adult disabled daughter to $246 per week, requiring him to pay his share of the daughter's unreimbursed medical expenses and other costs related to her care, and awarding plaintiff, Constance Beckman, $2,842.50 in counsel fees. Defendant contends that (1) the judge erred in not properly considering his financial ability to pay the additional costs and expenses and the reasonableness of those expenses; and (2) the counsel fee award to plaintiff was arbitrary and capricious because he acted in good faith in this matter.

Defendant, however, has patently failed to comply with our rules governing the contents of an appellant's brief. His statement of facts does not "incorporat[e] all pertinent evidence . . . ." R. 2:6-2(a)(4).*fn1 Rather defendant simply offers conclusory descriptions such as: "[p]laintiff filed a [m]otion to add additional expenses and costs to . . . [d]efendant's support obligation"; and "[d]efendant filed a [r]eply [c]ertification opposing . . . [p]laintiff's [m]otion as he cannot afford the additional expenses let alone his current support obligation[.]" Each of these statements is followed by citations to lengthy segments of the appendix. Defendant cannot meet his obligation to provide us with a "concise statement of the facts material to the issues on appeal[,]" R. 2:6-2(a)(4), by "inviting us to search through the record ourselves." Spinks v. Twp. of Clinton, 402 N.J. Super. 465, 474 (App. Div. 2008), certif. denied, 197 N.J. 476 (2009).*fn2

In the absence of any elucidation by defendant as to (1) the expenses at issue; (2) his financial situation; or (3) any other information setting forth the specific bases on which he challenges the judge's decision, he fails to demonstrate any error warranting relief on the factual and legal grounds asserted. We are, therefore, compelled to affirm the December 30, 2009 order in its entirety because, having reviewed the record, we discern no basis to conclude that the judge's findings "are so manifestly unsupported by and inconsistent with the competent, relevant and reasonably credible evidence as to offend the interests of justice." Rova Farms Resort, Inc. v. Investors Ins. Co. of Am., 65 N.J. 474, 484 (1974) (internal quotations omitted).

Affirmed.


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