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Barnette v. Blair

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK APPELLATE DIVISION SECOND JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT


December 23, 2008

IN THE MATTER OF DANIEL BARNETTE, RESPONDENT,
v.
TANIESHA BLAIR, APPELLANT.

In a child custody proceeding pursuant to Family Court Act article 6, the mother appeals from an order of the Family Court, Westchester County (Horowitz, J.), entered March 7, 2008, which, without a hearing, upon a finding that she had failed to comply with a certain provision of an order of the same court entered April 6, 2007, granted the father's petition for custody of the subject child.

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

WILLIAM F. MASTRO, J.P., HOWARD MILLER, DANIEL D. ANGIOLILLO and EDWARD D. CARNI, JJ.

(Docket No. V-1453-03)

DECISION & ORDER

ORDERED that the order entered March 7, 2008, is reversed, on the law and the facts, with costs, the petition is denied, custody of the subject child is restored to the mother, and the proceeding is dismissed.

The subject child was born on February 15, 1998, and by stipulation dated May 21, 2003, the parties agreed that the mother would have custody of the child, with liberal visitation to the father. Thereafter, the Family Court issued an order of custody and visitation entered April 6, 2007, which, in relevant part, directed the mother to relocate with the child to an address within a 40-mile radius of the father's residence.

After the mother relocated with the child to a residence 39.9 miles from the father's home, the Family Court found that the mother had failed to comply with the 40-mile radius provision in the order entered April 6, 2007. Upon this finding, the Family Court, in an order entered March 7, 2008, without a hearing, awarded custody of the child to the father.

The Family Court's finding was erroneous and in contravention of its acknowledgment, in open court and in other orders of the same court, that the mother complied with the order entered April 6, 2007, by relocating to a residence within the 40-mile radius (see Potier v Potier, 198 AD2d 180). Accordingly, the instant petition should have been denied and the proceeding should have been dismissed.

MASTRO, J.P., MILLER, ANGIOLILLO and CARNI, JJ., concur.

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