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In re Parameswar

Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

August 7, 2013

In the Matter of Jayasree S. Parameswar, respondent,
v.
Krishna Parameswar, appellant. Docket No. O-11337-12

Michael A. Fiechter, Bellmore, N.Y., for appellant.

MARK C. DILLON, J.P. THOMAS A. DICKERSON LEONARD B. AUSTIN ROBERT J. MILLER, JJ.

DECISION & ORDER

In a family offense proceeding pursuant to Family Court Act article 8, Krishna Parameswar appeals from an order of protection of the Family Court, Queens County (Hunt, J.), dated June 8, 2012, which, after a hearing, and upon a finding that he committed the family offenses of harassment in the second degree (two offenses) and disorderly conduct, directed him, inter alia, to stay away from Jayasree S. Parameswar until and including June 7, 2013.

ORDERED that the order of protection is affirmed, without costs or disbursements.

Although the order of protection expired by its own terms on June 7, 2013, in light of the enduring consequences which may potentially flow from a finding that the appellant committed a family offense, the appeal has not been rendered academic (see e.g. Matter of Hefley v Favors, 106 A.D.3d 909; Matter of Wallace v Wallace, 45 A.D.3d 599; Matter of DeSouza-Brown v Brown, 38 A.D.3d 888).

A family offense must be established by a fair preponderance of the evidence (see Family Ct Act § 832; Matter of Thomas v Thomas, 72 A.D.3d 834, 835). The determination of whether a family offense was committed is a factual issue to be resolved by the Family Court (see Matter of Maiorino v Maiorino, 107 A.D.3d 717; Matter of Kraus v Kraus, 26 A.D.3d 494, 495). The Family Court's determination regarding the credibility of witnesses is entitled to great weight on appeal, and will not be disturbed if supported by the record (see Matter of Kanterakis v Kanterakis, 102 A.D.3d 784, 785; Matter of Salazar v Melendez, 97 A.D.3d 754, 755).

Here, a fair preponderance of the credible evidence adduced at the fact-finding hearing supports the Family Court's determination that the appellant committed the family offenses of harassment in the second degree and disorderly conduct (see Penal Law §§ 240.26, 240.20; Family Ct Act §§ 812, 832; Matter of Scanziani v Hairston, 100 A.D.3d 1007, 1008).

DILLON, J.P., DICKERSON, AUSTIN and MILLER, JJ., concur.


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