IN RE: Beverly FONDANAROSA

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.

IN RE: Beverly FONDANAROSA, appellant, v. Cary GRIMM, et al., respondents.

Decided: January 27, 2009

STEVEN W. FISHER, J.P., HOWARD MILLER, EDWARD D. CARNI, and RUTH C. BALKIN, JJ. Robert D. Gallo, Bohemia, N.Y., for appellant. Phillip J. Jusino, Lake Grove, N.Y., for respondents.

In a proceeding pursuant to Family Court Act article 6 for grandparent visitation, the grandmother appeals from an order of the Family Court, Suffolk County (Burke, Ct.Atty.Ref.), dated February 6, 2008, which, after a hearing, dismissed her petition for lack of standing.

ORDERED that the order is affirmed, with costs.

In the circumstances of this case, in order to demonstrate standing to seek visitation with her grandchildren, the grandmother was required to show that she did everything she reasonably could to establish a relationship with the grandchildren, but that her efforts were unjustifiably frustrated by the children's parents such that equity should intervene on her behalf (see Domestic Relations Law § 72;  Matter of Emanuel S. v. Joseph E., 78 N.Y.2d 178, 181-182, 573 N.Y.S.2d 36, 577 N.E.2d 27;  Matter of Kenderes v. Norton, 22 A.D.3d 852, 803 N.Y.S.2d 711;  Matter of Canales v. Aulet, 295 A.D.2d 507, 744 N.Y.S.2d 851).

Here, the Family Court, applying the correct standard and considering all relevant circumstances, properly found that the grandmother had not established that she had made sufficient efforts to establish a relationship with her grandchildren, or that the parents unjustifiably frustrated those efforts.   Rather, the evidence established that the grandmother made only sporadic attempts to establish a relationship with the grandchildren and that the parents exercised their right and responsibility to set the parameters for any such relationship, which parameters were unacceptable to the grandmother.   Under the circumstances, therefore, the Family Court properly dismissed the petition for lack of standing (see Matter of Kenderes v. Norton, 22 A.D.3d at 853, 803 N.Y.S.2d 711;  cf. Matter of Agusta v. Carousso, 208 A.D.2d 620, 621-622, 617 N.Y.S.2d 189).

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