IN RE: Vicki AUSTEIN-GILLMAN

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

IN RE: Vicki AUSTEIN-GILLMAN, Respondent, v. Steven GILLMAN, Appellant.

Decided: March 18, 2002

CORNELIUS J. O'BRIEN, J.P., DANIEL F. LUCIANO, SANDRA L. TOWNES, STEPHEN G. CRANE, JJ. Steven Gillman, Shoreham, N.Y., appellant pro se. Alfred Reinharz, Baldwin, N.Y., for respondent.

In a support proceeding pursuant to Family Court Act article 4, the father appeals from an order of the Family Court, Nassau County (Koenig, J.), dated September 12, 2000, which denied his objections to an order of the same court (Watson, H.E.), dated July 24, 2000, dismissing his cross petition for downward modification of child support.

ORDERED that the order is affirmed, with costs.

The father resigned from a job with a construction company to work in his new wife's business.   When this business failed and the father could not make his child support payments, he filed a cross petition for a downward modification.   However, because the father's financial deterioration was caused by his own actions and decisions, a reduction in his child support obligation is unjustified (see, Matter of Doyle v. Doyle, 230 A.D.2d 795, 796, 646 N.Y.S.2d 372;  Matter of Yourman v. Yourman, 216 A.D.2d 308, 627 N.Y.S.2d 746).   In any event, the father failed to establish due diligence in trying to find another job.

The father's remaining contentions are either without merit or not properly before this court.

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