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Steadman v. Sanford

NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT


December 10, 2009

ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN'S SERVICES ON BEHALF OF VICKI STEADMAN, PETITIONER-RESPONDENT,
v.
WEST SANFORD, RESPONDENT-APPELLANT.

Order, Family Court, New York County (Lori Sattler, J.), entered on or about May 28, 2008, which denied respondent putative father's objections to the Support Magistrate's order denying his motion to vacate the underlying order of support, unanimously reversed, on the law and the facts, without costs, the objections granted, and the support order vacated.

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.

Gonzalez, P.J., Friedman, McGuire, DeGrasse, Manzanet-Daniels, JJ.

The parties do not dispute that the mother, having given up custody of her child, had no child-support rights to assign to petitioner, and the latter thus lacked standing to bring this action (see McKinney & Son v Lake Placid 1980 Olympic Games, 61 NY2d 836 [1984]; National Fin. Co. v Uh, 279 AD2d 374 [2001]). Respondent asserted the defense of lack of standing in a motion to vacate the support order made within days of being assigned counsel in 2006. Prior to that, in 2001 and 2004, he had written letters to the Magistrate advising that the mother did not have custody and that her application for support was thus improper and illegal, but these letters were disregarded as improper in form. Under these circumstances, we find pro se respondent's letters constituted applications within the meaning of Family Court Act § 451.

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

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