New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department
November 13, 2012
8477-IN RE KEISHA GABRIEL S.,
ALPHONSO S., RESPONDENT-APPELLANT. IN RE KEISHA GABRIEL S.,
Matter of Matter of Keisha Gabriel S. v Alphonso S.
Decided on November 13, 2012
Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.
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Gonzalez, P.J., Saxe, Catterson, Acosta, Gische, JJ.
Order, Family Court, Bronx County (Alma Cordova, J.), entered on or about November 12, 2009, which granted petitioner Keisha Gabriel S. a five-year order of protection against respondent Alphonso S. and order, Supreme Court, Bronx County (La Tia W. Martin, J.), entered on or about November 17, 2010, which denied respondent Alphonse S.'s application seeking modification of his access/visitation schedule with the parties' two children, unanimously affirmed, without costs.
Respondent 's participation in the hearing via telephone did not deprive him of his due process rights (see Matter of Paul Antoine Devantae R. [Paul R.], 78 AD3d 610, 611 [1st Dept 2010], lv denied 16 NY3d 707 ), and there is no reason to disturb the hearing court's credibility determination (see Everett C. v Oneida P., 61 AD3d 489 [1st Dept 2009]). The court's decision was appropriate given that respondent is incarcerated and did not request to be produced for the hearing. With regard to respondent's Supreme Court application to modify the visitation stipulation to include in-person visitation with the parties children at the correctional facility where he is incarcerated, the court properly found that respondent failed to present any evidence that there has been a change in circumstances to warrant such a modification, or that in-person visitation is in the best interests of the children (see Matter of Santiago v Halbal, 88 AD3d 616, 617 [1st Dept 2011]).
We have considered respondent's remaining arguments and find them unavailing.
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.
ENTERED: NOVEMBER 13, 2012
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