Matter of Strachan v Gilliam

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Matter of Strachan v Gilliam 2015 NY Slip Op 05370 Decided on June 19, 2015 Appellate Division, Fourth Department Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law ยง 431. This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

Decided on June 19, 2015 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department
PRESENT: SMITH, J.P., PERADOTTO, CARNI, VALENTINO, AND WHALEN, JJ.
799 CAF 14-00688

[*1]IN THE MATTER OF DELSENIOR STRACHAN, PETITIONER-APPELLANT,

v

LINDA GILLIAM, RESPONDENT-RESPONDENT. (APPEAL NO. 1.)



TIMOTHY P. DONAHER, PUBLIC DEFENDER, ROCHESTER (DAVID R. JUERGENS OF COUNSEL), FOR PETITIONER-APPELLANT.

PAUL B. WATKINS, FAIRPORT, FOR RESPONDENT-RESPONDENT.

SARA E. ROOK, ATTORNEY FOR THE CHILD, ROCHESTER.



Appeal from an order of the Family Court, Monroe County (Patricia E. Gallaher, J.), entered July 19, 2013 in a proceeding pursuant to Family Court Act article 6. The order dismissed the petition for a modification of an order of visitation.

It is hereby ORDERED that the order so appealed from is unanimously affirmed without costs.

Memorandum: In appeal Nos. 1 and 2, petitioner mother appeals from orders that dismissed her petitions seeking to modify a prior order of visitation. Contrary to the mother's contention in both appeals, we conclude that Family Court did not abuse its discretion in sua sponte dismissing the petitions without conducting a hearing. "A hearing is not automatically required whenever a parent seeks modification of a custody [or visitation] order . . . and, here, the mother failed to make a sufficient evidentiary showing of a change in circumstances to require a hearing" (Matter of Consilio v Terrigino, 114 AD3d 1248, 1248 [internal quotation marks omitted]; see Matter of Sierak v Staring, 124 AD3d 1397, 1398).

Entered: June 19, 2015

Frances E. Cafarell

Clerk of the Court