The case is Matter of Bisoh C. v Valentine S. and the First Department just upheld all findings, conclusions, and orders of the trial court. The step-mother prevailed at both an extraordinary circumstances (Bennett) hearing and then a best interests of the child hearing. This two part analysis is required for non-parents to challenge parental...

The case is Matter of Deserie D.G. v Jonathan C. and the court there upheld the well-known tenets that custody matters are decided within the sound discretion of the trial court – those findings are accorded great deference as the judge is in the best position to evaluate parties’ testimony, character, and sincerity. Those determinations...

In Matter of Johnell E.K. v Fatima T. the Court reaffirmed that the review basis of a custody determination is whether there was a sound and substantial basis in the record for the trial court’s decision. In this case, the child was residing with the father since 2014 and the father had been handling education...

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