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In re Kalantarov

Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

August 7, 2013

In the Matter of Yuriy Kalantarov, appellant,
v.
Susanna Kalantarova, respondent. Docket Nos. V-30284-04/08H, V-30285-04/08F

Leighton M. Jackson, New York, N.Y., for appellant.

Jill M. Zuccardy, New York, N.Y., for respondent.

Karen P. Simmons, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Sena Kim-Reuter and Janet Neustaetter of counsel), attorney for the children.

DANIEL D. ANGIOLILLO, J.P., CHERYL E. CHAMBERS, SHERI S. ROMAN, SYLVIA O. HINDS-RADIX, JJ.

DECISION & ORDER

In a visitation proceeding pursuant to Family Court Act article 6, the father appeals from an order of the Family Court, Kings County (Ramirez, J.), dated December 22, 2011, which, upon his default in appearing for a hearing and the denial of his application for leave to appear in court telephonically, dismissed his petition.

ORDERED that the appeal from the order is dismissed except insofar as it brings up for review the denial of the father's application for leave to appear in court telephonically (see CPLR 5511); and it is further,

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

Since the order appealed from was made upon the appellant's default in appearing, review is limited to matters which were the subject of contest below (see Matter of Paulino v Camacho, 36 A.D.3d 821). Accordingly, in this case, review is limited to the denial of the father's application for leave to appear in court telephonically (see Matter of Krische v Sloan, 100 A.D.3d 758).

Under the facts of this case, the Family Court did not improvidently exercise its discretion in denying the father's application for leave to appear in court telephonically (see Matter of Krische v Sloan, 100 A.D.3d 758; cf. Matter of Vidal v Mintzer, 309 A.D.2d 756, 758).

ANGIOLILLO, J.P., CHAMBERS, ROMAN and HINDS-RADIX, JJ., concur.


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