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Stysis v. Stysis

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


February 2, 2010

KATERINA STYSIS, RESPONDENT,
v.
JULIAN STYSIS, APPELLANT.

In a matrimonial action in which the parties were divorced by judgment entered October 19, 2006, the defendant appeals, as limited by his brief, from so much of an order of the Supreme Court, Kings County (Prus, J.), dated April 22, 2009, as denied, without a hearing, his motion to modify the parties' stipulation dated June 8, 2006, to award him sole custody of the parties' child, and his separate motion to modify the stipulation to award him expanded visitation with the 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.

A. GAIL PRUDENTI, P.J., WILLIAM F. MASTRO, ANITA R. FLORIO and LEONARD B. AUSTIN, JJ.

(Index No. 24841/05)

DECISION & ORDER

ORDERED that the order is affirmed insofar as appealed from, without costs or disbursements.

Contrary to the defendant's contention, the Supreme Court properly denied, without a hearing, his separate motions to modify the terms of the parties' stipulation as to custody and visitation. "A parent who seeks a change of custody [or visitation] is not automatically entitled to a hearing, but must make an evidentiary showing sufficient to warrant a hearing... [Here,] [t]he Supreme Court providently exercised its discretion in finding that the father failed to meet his threshold burden of proffering sufficient evidence to warrant a hearing to determine whether, under the totality of the circumstances, a change of custody [or visitation] would be in the best interests of the child[ ]" (Salick v Salick, 66 AD3d 757, 757, 758 [citations omitted]).

There is no merit to the parties' remaining contentions.

PRUDENTI, P.J., MASTRO, FLORIO and AUSTIN, JJ., concur.

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