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55 A.D.3d 340, 866 N.Y.S.2d 98, 2008 N.Y. Slip Op. 07580

In the Matter of Jenifer W., Respondent


Jonathan L., Appellant.

Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, New York

October 7, 2008

CITE TITLE AS: Matter of Jenifer W. v Jonathan L.


Parent and Child

Jonathan L., appellant pro se.Jenifer W., respondent pro se.

Order, Family Court, New York County (Ruth Jane Zuckerman, J.H.O.), entered on or about September 1, 2006, as supplemented by order, same court and J.H.O., entered on or about February 27, 2007, which, to the extent appealed from, awarded primary physical custody to petitioner mother, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

“[I]n reviewing relocation and other custody issues, deference is to be accorded to the determination rendered by the factfinder, unless it lacks a sound and substantial basis in the record” (Yolanda R. v Eugene I. G., 38 AD3d 288, 289 [2007]). This record reveals that with respect to the custody issues, the court properly considered the children's best interests (see Matter of Tropea v Tropea, 87 NY2d 727, 739-741 [1996]). A preponderance of the evidence supports the court's award of physical custody to the mother, who had established a stable home for the children in New Jersey. The father's concerns were addressed by the court's disposition, which, among other things, awarded him legal custody and precluded the mother from moving the children's primary residence more than 15 miles farther from his residence. *341

We have considered the father's remaining contentions and find them without merit. Concur-Tom, J.P., Friedman, Buckley, Acosta and Freedman, JJ.

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