GOOD CAUSE FOR A FIVE-YEAR EXTENSION OF AN ORDER OF PROTECTION WAS DEMONSTRATED, CRITERIA EXPLAINED.
The Second Department, reversing Family Court, in a full-fledged opinion by Justice Chambers, determined petitioner had made showing of “good cause” for the extension of an order of protection, and the court ordered a five-year extension. The court took the opportunity to define “good cause” in this context:
… [I]n determining whether good cause has been established, courts should consider, but are not limited by, the following factors: the nature of the relationship between the parties, taking into account their former relationship, the circumstances leading up to the entry of the initial order of protection, and the state of the relationship at the time of the request for an extension; the frequency of interaction between the parties; any subsequent instances of domestic violence or violations of the existing order of protection; and whether the current circumstances are such that concern for the safety and well-being of the petitioner is reasonable … . * * *
The petitioner stated that, because they have a child in common, the parties continue to interact. They come into contact during litigation over custody and visitation issues and when they exchange the child at the drop-off location at the police station. The respondent also has a history of assaulting the petitioner, and their on-going discord continues. There is no evidence in the record to suggest that the petitioner’s more serious allegations were contrived. Moreover, it is undisputed that, since the entry of the subject order of protection, the respondent has pleaded guilty in the Criminal Court to disorderly conduct, and the Criminal Court has issued a two-year order of protection in favor of the petitioner. Therefore, it is clear from the record that the petitioner’s fear that the respondent may stalk, harass, or attack her is well-founded, and that the unavoidable interactions between the parties may subject her to a reoccurrence of violence … . Matter of Molloy v Molloy, 2016 NY Slip Op 00366, 2nd Dept 1-20-16
FAMILY LAW (GOOD CAUSE FOR EXTENSION OF ORDER OF PROTECTION WAS DEMONSTRATED, CRITERIA EXPLAINED)/ORDERS OF PROTECTION (FAMILY COURT, CRITERIA FOR DEMONSTRATION OF GOOD CAUSE FOR AN EXTENSION EXPLAINED)