Ardito v. Ardito

Decision Date28 November 1983
Citation97 A.D.2d 830,469 N.Y.S.2d 13
PartiesJoseph N. ARDITO, Appellant, v. Joan ARDITO, Respondent.
CourtNew York Supreme Court — Appellate Division

Gary H. Tabat, Babylon, for appellant.

McNamara & Oliver, Bay Shore (Robert W. Oliver, Bay Shore, of counsel), for respondent.



In a matrimonial action, the plaintiff husband appeals from an order of the Supreme Court, Nassau County, entered January 13, 1983, which denied his motion for downward modification of his alimony obligation under a judgment of divorce and directed that plaintiff pay defendant the sum of $1,500 for counsel fees.

Order affirmed, with costs.

The subject proceeding constitutes plaintiff's fourth attempt in the New York courts, since his divorce, to decrease his alimony obligation. Plaintiff also had initiated one or two similar proceedings in Florida. Plaintiff's claims herein mirror those of the prior petitions, which have been found meritless. As such, plaintiff has failed to demonstrate an unforeseen, substantial change in circumstances sufficient to warrant a downward modification of the alimony award. Nor does he present any issue of fact requiring resolution at trial (Brody v. Brody, 22 A.D.2d 646, 252 N.Y.S.2d 1008, affd 19 N.Y.2d 790, 279 N.Y.S.2d 732, 226 N.E.2d 539; Jaworsky v. Jaworsky, 87 A.D.2d 622, 448 N.Y.S.2d 246).

In light of the relative financial circumstances of the parties and plaintiff's campaign of legal harassment waged against defendant, Special Term did not abuse its discretion in granting defendant $1,500 for counsel fees, without a hearing (see Stern v. Stern, 67 A.D.2d 253, 415 N.Y.S.2d 225; Mulligan v. Mulligan, 79 A.D.2d 721, 434 N.Y.S.2d 737).

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