The Second Department determined changed circumstances brought to the Second Department’s attention by the attorneys for children rendered the appellate record insufficient for review of Family Court’s custody ruling. The matter was remitted:
… [T]he Family Court determined that it was in the best interests of the children for the mother to have sole residential custody. However, the respective attorneys for the children, in their briefs submitted to this Court, have brought to this Court’s attention certain alleged new developments since the order under review was issued in June 2019. 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 … . Matter of Fitzsimmons v Fitzsimmons, 2022 NY Slip Op 02411, Second Dept 4-13-22
Practice Point: In a child custody case, changed circumstances may render the record on appeal insufficient. Here the attorneys for the children brought the changed circumstances to the attention of the appellate court in their briefs and the court remitted the matter to Family Court.