IN RE: Mary Kathryn Kane

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

IN RE: Mary Kathryn Kane, respondent, v. Jeffrey T. Kane, appellant.

2009-01014 (Docket No. V-15245-06)

Decided: May 25, 2010

REINALDO E. RIVERA, J.P. ANITA R. FLORIO HOWARD MILLER LEONARD B. AUSTIN, JJ. Jeffrey T. Kane, Great Neck, N.Y., appellant pro se. Foster, Vandenburgh & Riyaz, LLP, Riverhead, N.Y. (Frederic C. Foster and Erik C. Howard of counsel), for respondent. Domenik Veraldi, Jr., Islandia, N.Y., attorney for the child.

Argued-May 4, 2010

DECISION & ORDER

In a child custody proceeding pursuant to Family Court Act article 6, the father appeals, as limited by his brief, from so much of an order of the Family Court, Suffolk County (Lynaugh, J.), dated December 24, 2008, as, after a hearing, granted the mother's petition for permission to relocate to Texas with the parties' child.

ORDERED that the order is affirmed insofar as appealed from, with costs.

The Family Court's determination permitting the mother to relocate with the child to Texas was in the best interests of the child and was supported by a sound and substantial basis in the record (see Matter of Tropea v. Tropea, 87 N.Y.2d 727, 739;  Matter of Fegadel v. Anderson, 40 AD3d 1091, 1093).   The mother demonstrated that the move would enhance the child's life economically, emotionally, and educationally (see Matter of Tropea v. Tropea, 87 N.Y.2d at 740-741).   Further, the attorney for the child supported the Family Court's determination (see Matter of Fegadel v. Anderson, 40 AD3d at 1093;  Matter of Kozlowski v. Mangialino, 36 AD3d 916, 917).

The father's remaining contentions are without merit.

RIVERA, J.P., FLORIO, MILLER and AUSTIN, JJ., concur.

ENTER:

James Edward Pelzer

Clerk of the Court

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