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Court Attorney Referee Negron http://nycourts.law.com/CourtDocumentViewer.asp?view=Document&docID=121088 RESPONDENT father moved to transfer venue to Bronx County from Queens. Petitioner grandmother opposed and the children’s attorney took no position. The court noted the Family Court Act had no section specifying the proper venue in which an initial custody proceeding may be commenced. It noted under Cruz v. Cruz that proper venue lay in the county where the subject children resided. The children have lived in the Bronx from their birth until December 2009, when their mother was shot and killed, and they were released to the custody of their grandmother, who resided in Queens. The court noted the Bronx has been the children’s county of residence, finding all medical and education records and professionals relevant to them were in the Bronx. The court concluded the father established good cause to transfer the proceedings to the Bronx, ruling proper venue lay where the family has always resided and where the actions alleged by the grandmother occurred. Thus, transfer of venue was granted.

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