Won affirmance on behalf of the child of order denying mother’s custody modification petition.
Matter of Yvette F. v Corey J.G., 177 AD3d 549 (1st Dept. 2019)
In this custody modification proceeding where I represented the child and argued against the mother’s appeal of Family Court’s denial of her modification petition, the First Department accepted my arguments that the mother has not provided support for any of the allegations in the petition. Although she contends that she has transformed her life, she failed to demonstrate that she resolved her drug problem and that regardless, any changes that the mother made to her own life did not amount to a sufficient change of circumstances to warrant a change of custody. The Court also accepted my arguments that the father, who has had custody of the child since she was five years old, has proved himself to be a committed parent who is involved with her education and recreational activities and meets her daily needs without any assistance from the mother. Conversely, the mother admitted to not having contact with the child, other than sporadic telephone calls, for more than five years.