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Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First DepartmentSep 27, 1977
59 A.D.2d 600 (N.Y. App. Div. 1977)

September 27, 1977

Order, Family Court, New York County, entered on or about December 20, 1976, directing the respondent-appellant to pay $1,000 per month as and for alimony and support and, further, modifying visitation provisions provided in a divorce decree, unanimously reversed, on the law, and the petition dismissed, without costs and without disbursements, and the petitioner-respondent's attorney's request to be relieved from further representation of her granted. The alimony and support, upon which Family Court presumed to rule, were provided for in a divorce decree incorporating a separation agreement expressly stating that all questions concerning them should be referred to arbitration. Therefore the parties should have been relegated to an arbitration proceeding (Matter of Exercycle Corp. [Maratta], 9 N.Y.2d 329; Matter of Robinson, 296 N.Y. 778), with any ambiguity in the agreement left to the arbitrators (Matter of Nationwide Gen. Ins. Co. v Investors Ins. Co. of Amer., 37 N.Y.2d 91). The existence of a Supreme Court judgment setting forth visitation rights precludes the Family Court's ruling thereon (Family Ct Act, § 447; see, also, Matter of Bolatin v Bolatin, 29 A.D.2d 534, affd 22 N.Y.2d 794).

Concur — Murphy, P.J., Birns, Markewich and Lynch, JJ.