A New York Family Lawyer said in a custody and visitation proceeding, the father appeals, as limited by his brief, from so much of an order of the Family Court, Kings County, as, after a hearing, granted those branches of the separate motions of the mother and the subject children which were to dismiss that branch of his petition which sought to modify an order of custody and visitation on consent of the same court, so as to award him reasonable visitation with the subject children, and dismissed that portion of the proceeding.
A New York Child Custody Lawyer said that the subject children resided in California until the mother relocated with them to New York. In 2008, the mother filed a petition for sole legal and physical custody of the children. The father, who remained in California, submitted a sworn written response, wherein he consented to the mother’s custody of the children, who reportedly have special needs, but requested visitation.
Thereafter, an order of custody and visitation on consent was thereafter issued by the Family Court, awarding custody to the mother, and liberal but unspecified visitation to the father, “as the parties arrange and agree.” Two years later, the father commenced the instant proceeding by filing a petition requesting custody of the children or, alternatively, reasonable visitation. A hearing was held and, at the close of the father’s case, the mother and the subject children moved to dismiss the petition. The Family Court granted the motions, and dismissed the proceeding in its entirety. On appeal, the father challenges the dismissal of that branch of his petition which was for an award of reasonable visitation.