New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department
December 13, 2012
IN RE CRAIG S., PETITIONER-APPELLANT,
DONNA S., RESPONDENT-RESPONDENT.
Matter of Craig S. v Donna S.
Decided on December 13, 2012
Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.
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Tom, J.P., Sweeny, Moskowitz, Renwick, Clark, JJ.
Order, Family Court, New York County (Douglas E. Hoffman, J.F.C.), entered on or about April 7, 2011, which, after a fact-finding hearing, denied petitioner father's application for visitation with the parties' minor child, except to the extent of allowing limited written communication via mail, unanimously affirmed, without costs.
There is a sound and substantial evidentiary basis for the Family Court's determination that it is not in the subject child's best interest to award petitioner visitation (Corsell v Corsell, 101 AD2d 766 [1st Dept 1984]. The evidence establishes that petitioner's lack of visitation with the subject child, over a period of many years, was the result of his own inaction and not due to the mother's interference. Moreover, the record supports the court's determination that visitation would have a negative impact on the child's emotional well-being (see Matter of Frank M. v Donna W., 44 AD3d 495 [1st Dept 2007]; Mohabir v Singh, 78 AD3d 1056 [2d Dept 2010]). Finally, under the circumstances, the court properly provided for limited written communication with the child, which the child may read at her discretion (see In Re Tristam K., 65 AD3d 894 [1st Dept 2009]).
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.
ENTERED: DECEMBER 13, 2012
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