The Third Department, reversing (modifying) Family Court, determined limiting father’s parenting time to six hours of supervised visits biweekly was not supported by the record. Presumably Family Court’s ruling was based upon sexual abuse allegations made by father’s 10-year-old niece 30 years ago:
… [T]he record contains evidence of the father’s demonstrated ability to provide for the children’s well-being. As established by the evidence, after the children exhibited concerning behavior, the father took overt and appropriate steps to address such behavior by, among other things, engaging in preventative services with the Ulster County Department of Social Services, enrolling the children in counseling and establishing boundaries with the children’s online activity. Child protective caseworkers testified on the father’s behalf and stated that they did not have any concerns regarding the father.
Considering all of the foregoing, we find that the record lacks a sound and substantial basis to support Family Court’s determination to provide the father with only six hours of biweekly, supervised parenting time … . Matter of Benjamin V. v Shantika W., 2022 NY Slip Op 04774, Third Dept 7-28-22
Practice Point: Allegations of sexual abuse by father’s 10-yearr-old niece made 30 years ago did not justify the limited supervised parenting time awarded father. The record demonstrated father’s ability to provide for the children’s well-being and the caseworkers testified they had no concerns about father.