STATE OF NEW YORK
SUPREME COURT : COUNTY OF CHAUTAUQUA
CYNTHIA L. DECHOW,
-vs- Index #H10075
GARY R. DECHOW,
LUCIAN LODESTRO & ASSOCIATES
(Stephen W. Cass, Esq. of
Counsel) for Plaintiff
JOHN L. SELLSTROM, P.C.
(Hope L. Fredrickson, Esq.
of Counsel) for Defendant
DECISION and ORDER
The sole issue for the Court is visitation regarding
Jason, age 16. The father has custody. Jason lives with him
on his farm. He has some chores on the farm. The mother would
like expanded visitation at her home.
The Court interviewed Jason and his brother Chad, age
20, in chambers. Jason visits his mother weekly, but only for
brief visits. The parents live about 7 miles apart.
In this case, the Court feels that an arrangement
that would encourage a constant linkage and visitation with
the mother is appropriate.
Having Jason split the summers between the homes is not
appropriate. Because of his age and positive attitude toward
both parents, all parties should work cooperatively toward
a visitation schedule that maintains the strong bonds between
parents and Jason without the necessity of a Court mandate.
Jason should spend at least one weekend a month from
Friday to Sunday afternoon at the home of his mother. If he
has weekend chores, the farm is not so distant that he cannot
perform them, but, those chores should not unreasonably cut
into the weekend with the mother.
In addition, Jason should visit his mother at least
one evening for dinner during the week, and, every other
On his birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, spring
vacation, Jason should arrange visitation so that both his
parents can enjoy his company on those holidays.
He should spend Mother's day with his mother, and,
Father's day with Father.
If the parties cannot reach an agreement that is at
least equal to the above, Counsel must arrange an in camera
visit of the parents with the Court.
Dated: February 8, 1995
Mayville, New York
Justice of Supreme Court