The Second Department sent the matter back to Family Court for a reopened custody hearing after the attorney for the child alerted the court to new relevant information:
… [T]he attorney for the child, in the brief submitted to this Court on the child’s behalf, has brought to this Court’s attention certain alleged new developments including that shortly after the child began living with the father, the child reported that the father told her that the mother was evil, and the child stated that she no longer wanted to see the mother at all. “As the Court of Appeals has recognized, changed circumstances may have particular significance in child custody matters and may render the record on appeal insufficient to review whether a child custody determination is still in the best interests of the children” … . In light of the alleged new developments brought to this Court’s attention by the attorney for the child, the record is no longer sufficient to determine which arrangement is in the best interests of the child … .
… [W]e remit the matter to the Family Court … for a reopened hearing at which the alleged new facts shall be considered, and a new custody determination thereafter. In so doing, we express no opinion as to the appropriate determination. Matter of Magana v Delph, 2021 NY Slip Op 03589, Second Dept 6-9-21