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http://nycourts.law.com/CourtDocumentViewer.asp?view=Document&docID=45128 Justice Gans IN PETITIONER father’s action seeking custody of the parties’ minor child, respondent mother cross-petitioned for custody based on allegations of domestic violence by petitioner. The court – which found the court evaluator’s description of petitioner as “an idiosyncratic individual” to be an understatement – awarded custody of the child to respondent mother after concluding that to do so was in the child’s best interests. The court found that petitioner subjected respondent to a pattern of domination and control, including physical and psychological abuse, as corroborated by testimony by respondent’s other adult children. The court also found that, since respondent and her child left the home that they shared with the petitioner, the child’s aggressiveness had abated. Despite concluding that a change in the child’s living situation was likely to be detrimental, the court devised a schedule under which petitioner was permitted visitation on alternate weekends.

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