A New York Family Lawyer said that, this appeal brings before this Court for review several orders of the Children’s Court of Nassau County heretofore made in this proceeding pending in that Court to compel child support of a dependent minor child under the Uniform Support of Dependents Law (Domestic Relations Law, Article 3-A). There is also pending before the Court a motion to vacate or stay a warrant issued by the Children’s Court for failure of appellant to comply with its orders. A temporary stay contained in the order to show cause by which this motion was brought on was vacated before argument of the motion, determination of which will be accomplished by the decision of this appeal.
A New York Custody Lawyer said the parties, formerly husband and wife, lived together during their marriage in Queens County. Dissension arose between them, and the wife (the present petitioner) started a separation action, which was tried in 1959, and resulted in a judgment, dismissing her complaint awarding her the custody of the infant daughter (then less than two years old and now four years old), directing the father to pay the mother for the child support the sum of $40 per week, and allowing him weekly visitation. A Nassau Child Support Lawyer said that, it appears that the parties, after the rendition of this judgment, again lived together; dissensions again arose; about April, 1960 the wife left the husband, taking the child with her; thereafter she went to Florida with the child and both still live there.
A Long Island Family Lawyer said that, in June, 1960 this proceeding was commenced in the appropriate court in Florida and transferred to the Children’s Court of Nassau County, where the father now resides. On November 2, 1960, an order was made, directing payment of $40 per week for the child’s support. This order was appealed from. On January 17, 1961, a further order was made, continuing the provisions of the order of November 2, 1960 and further directing payment of $20 per week for the support of the wife. It does not appear that this order has been appealed from. Up to this point, respondent (admitted to the practice of law, but employed and making his living as a salesman) had defended in person. A Nassau Child Support Lawyer said that, on April 6, 1961, by his present counsel, he moved to vacate the order of January 17, 1961, which motion was granted to the extent that on April 27, 1961 the provision of the order of January 17, 1961, providing for payments for the wife’s support was vacated as of March 27, 1961, when, the court had learned, the wife had obtained a decree of divorce in Florida and shortly after married; in all other respects the motion was denied. From such denial an appeal was taken. On April 27, 1961 likewise an order and an amended order were made, continuing the direction for payment of $40 per week for the child’s support; from all of which orders appeals were taken.