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In the Matter of Musumeci v. Musumeci

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department
Jun 18, 2002
744 N.Y.S.2d 440 (N.Y. App. Div. 2002)

Opinion

2001-06091

Submitted March 21, 2002.

June 18, 2002

In consolidated child support proceedings pursuant to Family Court Act article 4, the father appeals from an order of the Family Court, Suffolk County (Dounias, J.), entered June 15, 2001, which denied his objections to an order of the same court (Plosky, H.E.), entered March 12, 2001, which, after a hearing, inter alia, denied his petition and application, respectively, for downward modification of his child support obligation.

Philip Sands, Garden City, N.Y. for appellant.

Before: FRED T. SANTUCCI, J.P., ANITA R. FLORIO, NANCY E. SMITH, ROBERT W. SCHMIDT, JJ.


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

The Family Court providently exercised its discretion in denying the father's objections to the order of the hearing examiner, which denied his petition and application, respectively, for downward modification of his child support obligation. Although a petition for downward modification of child support may be granted when a party loses his or her job, it may be denied when the moving party has not made a good faith effort to obtain employment commensurate with his or her qualifications (see Matter of Heverin v. Sackel, 239 A.D.2d 418; Matter of Yepes v. Fichera, 230 A.D.2d 803) . When a request for downward modification depends on the credibility of the movant, the determination of the trier of facts should be accorded great weight (see Matter of Hargrove v. Frazier, 242 A.D.2d 723; Adinolfi v. Adinolfi, 242 A.D.2d 311). The record supports the hearing examiner's determination that the evidence was insufficient to establish that the father used his best efforts to obtain a new position commensurate with his education and skills. Therefore, he was not entitled to a downward modification of his child support obligation (see Heverin v. Sackel, supra).

The father's remaining contention is without merit.

SANTUCCI, J.P., FLORIO, SMITH and SCHMIDT, JJ., concur.


Summaries of

In the Matter of Musumeci v. Musumeci

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department
Jun 18, 2002
744 N.Y.S.2d 440 (N.Y. App. Div. 2002)
Case details for

In the Matter of Musumeci v. Musumeci

Case Details

Full title:IN THE MATTER OF CHARLES MUSUMECI, appellant, v. STACEY MUSUMECI…

Court:Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

Date published: Jun 18, 2002

Citations

744 N.Y.S.2d 440 (N.Y. App. Div. 2002)
744 N.Y.S.2d 440

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