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In re Watson

Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

December 20, 2017

In the Matter of Karen N. Watson, respondent,
v.
Othniel Maragh, appellant. (Proceeding No. 1) In the Matter of Othniel Maragh, appellant,
v.
Karen N. Watson, respondent. (Proceeding No. 2) Docket Nos. V-15154-14, V-15155-14, V-00104-15, V-00105-15

          Submitted - November 21, 2017

         D54138 O/hu

          Karen M. Jansen, White Plains, NY, for appellant.

          Steven Ranellone, White Plains, NY, for respondent.

          Carl D. Birman, White Plains, NY, attorney for the children.

          RUTH C. BALKIN, J.P. L. PRISCILLA HALL SYLVIA O. HINDS-RADIX LINDA CHRISTOPHER, JJ.

          DECISION & ORDER

         Appeal from an order of the Family Court, Westchester County (Michelle I. Schauer, J.), entered July 15, 2016. The order, inter alia, after a hearing, granted the mother's petition for sole custody of the parties' children, with supervised visitation to the father, and, in effect, denied the father's petition for sole custody of the children.

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

         The parties have two children together, a son born in May 2010 and a daughter born in October 2012. The parties were never married, but lived together when the children were born, and separated during the fall of 2013.

         The mother filed a petition for sole custody of the children in November 2014, and the father filed a petition for sole custody of the children in January 2015. Through a series of temporary orders, the children remained in the custody of the mother and had supervised visitation with the father, until a fact-finding hearing was held in December 2015 and March 2016. By order dated July 15, 2016, the Family Court granted the mother's petition for sole custody of the children, with supervised visitation to the father, and, in effect, denied the father's petition for sole custody of the children. The father appeals.

         The issues raised by the father regarding the temporary orders of visitation granting him supervised visitation with the children are academic. The temporary orders of visitation are no longer of any effect, and any alleged defect in those orders does not render defective the final order of custody and visitation, which was based upon a full and fair hearing (see Matter of Yehudah v Yehudah, 144 A.D.3d 1046, 1046;Matter of Kirkpatrick v Kirkpatrick, 137 A.D.3d 1695, 1695;Matter of Chamas v Carino, 119 A.D.3d 564, 565; Matter of Ramirez v Velez, 78 A.D.3d 1062, 1062-1063).

         "The paramount concern in any custody or visitation determination is the best interests of the child, under the totality of the circumstances'' (Matter of Boggio v Boggio, 96 A.D.3d 834, 835; see Matter of Wilson v McGlinchey, 2 N.Y.3d 375, 380-381; Eschbach v Eschbach, 56 N.Y.2d 167, 171). Although "[s]upervised visitation is appropriately required only where it is established that unsupervised visitation would be detrimental to the child' (Matter of Bullinger v Costa, 63 A.D.3d 735, 735-736; see Rosenberg v Rosenberg, 44 A.D.3d 1022, 1024), "[t]he determination of whether visitation should be supervised is a matter left to the court's sound discretion, and its findings will not be disturbed on appeal unless they lack a sound and substantial basis in the record" (Matter of Gooler v Gooler, 107 A.D.3d 712, 713; see Matter of Binong Xu v Sullivan, 91 A.D.3d 771, 771-772).

         The evidence presented at the hearing supports the Family Court's determination that the father refused to obtain appropriate treatment for his mental health issues, displayed extreme negativity toward the mother, would not be able to foster a loving relationship between the children and the mother, and lacked insight into how his behavior in front of the children was harmful to them (see Matter of Tecza v Alija,138 A.D.3d 872; Matter of Bonet v Bonet,121 A.D.3d 978, 978; Matter of Howard E.I. v Sandra I.,108 A.D.3d 715; Matter of Colter v Baker,104 A.D.3d 850, 850; Matter of Berkham v Vessia, 63 A.D.3d 1155, 1156; Matter of Anderson v Sparks, 18 A.D.3d 656, 657). Consequently, the court's determination to award sole custody to the mother and supervised visitation to the father, which ...


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