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Robert Pethick v. Elizabeth Pethick

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department


December 30, 2011

ROBERT PETHICK,
PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
v.
ELIZABETH PETHICK, NOW KNOWN AS ELIZABETH CACCAMISE, DEFENDANT-RESPONDENT.

Appeal from an order of the Supreme Court, Monroe County (Richard A. Dollinger, A.J.), entered July 6, 2010.

Pethick v Pethick

Appellate Division, Fourth Department

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.

Decided on December 30, 2011

PRESENT: SMITH, J.P., FAHEY, PERADOTTO, CARNI, AND SCONIERS, JJ.

The order, insofar as appealed from, determined that the parties' separation agreement is not an enforceable agreement with respect to college expenses.

It is hereby ORDERED that said appeal is unanimously dismissed without costs.

Memorandum: Plaintiff's sole contention on appeal is that the parties' separation agreement, which was incorporated into the judgment of divorce, created a binding obligation on defendant to contribute to the college expenses of the parties' child and thus that Supreme Court erred in refusing to direct defendant to reimburse him for the college expenses that he incurred before he filed his motion seeking, inter alia, that relief. Plaintiff's contention is not properly before us, however, inasmuch as the Support Magistrate determined, after a hearing, that the college education provision of the separation agreement was unenforceable, and plaintiff failed to appeal from that order (see Matter of Hammill v Mayer, 66 AD3d 1196, 1197-1198; Matter of Clark v Clark, 61 AD3d 1274, lv denied 13 NY3d 702; Matter of Regan v Zalucky, 56 AD3d 825, 826-827). We therefore dismiss the appeal (see generally Abasciano v Dandrea, 83 AD3d 1542, 1542-1543).

Entered: December 30, 2011

Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court

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