SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK APPELLATE DIVISION SECOND JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT
November 17, 2009
IN THE MATTER OF DAWN FORMAN, APPELLANT,
EUGENE FROST, JR., RESPONDENT. (PROCEEDING NO. 1)
IN THE MATTER OF EUGENE FROST, JR., RESPONDENT,
DAWN FORMAN, APPELLANT. (PROCEEDING NO. 2)
In related child support proceedings pursuant to Family Court Act article 4, the mother appeals from an order of the Family Court, Orange County (Woods, J.), entered November 12, 2008, which denied her objections to an order of the same court (Braxton, S.M.) entered September 10, 2008, which, after a hearing, denied her petition for an award of child support arrears, and granted the father's petition to modify his child support obligation as set forth in a judgment of divorce entered April 2, 2003.
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.
JOSEPH COVELLO, J.P., FRED T. SANTUCCI, CHERYL E. CHAMBERS PLUMMER E. LOTT, JJ.
(Docket Nos. F-585/08A, F-585/08B)
DECISION & ORDER
ORDERED that the order is affirmed, without costs or disbursements.
The mother's contentions regarding her decision to proceed pro se are unpreserved for appellate review, as they were not raised in her objections to the Support Magistrate's order (see Matter of Primus v Mason-Primus, 63 AD3d 743, 744; Matter of Corr v Corr, 3 AD3d 567).
The evidence adduced at the hearing demonstrated that the father's employment was terminated through no fault of his own, and that he diligently made a good-faith effort to obtain employment commensurate with his qualifications and experience. Accordingly, the Family Court properly denied the mother's objections to so much of the Support Magistrate's order as granted the father's petition to modify the child support provision contained in a stipulation of settlement, which was incorporated, but not merged, into the parties' judgment of divorce (see Matter of DiPaola v DiPaola, 28 AD3d 480; Matter of Ketcham v Crawford, 1 AD3d 359, 361).
The Family Court properly denied the mother's objections to so much of the Support Magistrate's order as denied her petition for an award of child support arrears, as the record supports the Support Magistrate's finding that the mother was not entitled to such an award (see Matter of Mais v Jarrett, 5 AD3d 491; Lemme v Lemme, 295 AD2d 407; Matter of Grant v Grant, 265 AD2d 19, 23).
The mother's remaining contention is without merit.
COVELLO, J.P., SANTUCCI, CHAMBERS and LOTT, JJ., concur.
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