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MATTER JEAN v. STANLEY (07/15/69)

FAMILY COURT OF NEW YORK, QUEENS COUNTY


July 15, 1969

IN THE MATTER OF JEAN, PETITIONER,
v.
STANLEY, RESPONDENT

William Berman, J.

Author: Berman

 Respondent moves to dismiss the petition herein which seeks to enforce an agreement which survived an Alabama decree.

The parties, who were husband and wife, on March 2, 1961 entered into a separation agreement. On March 30, 1961, petitioner herein obtained a divorce in Alabama from the respondent and the decree provided that the agreement shall survive. The agreement in part provided that after October 31, 1962 respondent was to pay $10 a week for the support of the petitioner and $5 a week for each of the two children and respondent shall maintain a $10,000 life insurance policy with petitioner as beneficiary.

On September 30, 1968, petitioner made application to this court for an upward modification of the support payments. On November 4, 1968, an order was made directing respondent to pay $35 a week for the support of two children.

Petitioner in the instant application demands arrears of $110 due under the agreement and that the respondent be required to maintain the afore-mentioned life insurance policy.

Respondent in his brief relies on Spade v. Spade (6 Misc. 2d 170), wherein the court held that plaintiff wife in a separation proceeding repudiated the separation agreement there, by the commencement of the matrimonial action. The court also held on the facts therein that the defendant husband likewise repudiated the agreement.

This court has jurisdiction of an application to modify the decree of the State of Alabama where there has been a subsequent change of circumstances (Family Ct. Act, ยง 466; Potak v. Potak, 26 A.D.2d 950; Matter of Aranow v. Aranow, 57 Misc. 2d 86). The authority to modify support for the children as here ordered has been established. (Moat v. Moat, 27 A.D.2d 895; Matter of Travis v. Travis, 54 Misc. 2d 575; Matter of Guillermo v. Guillermo, 43 Misc. 2d 763.) This court also has jurisdiction to enforce the divorce decree and the separation agreement which survived. (Matter of Zeitz v. Drogheo, 21 N.Y.2d 181.)

[60 Misc. 2d 420 Page 422]

    --> In view of all of the foregoing I am of the opinion that Spade v. Spade (supra), relied upon by the respondent, is not here applicable. Since the previous application by the petitioner was made in accordance with the established law, the contention that said application for an upward modification was a repudiation of the separation agreement is without merit. The motion to dismiss is denied.

Disposition

The motion to dismiss is denied.

19690715

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