Shapiro v Sanders
2008 NY Slip Op 03304 [50 AD3d 429]
April 15, 2008
Appellate Division, First Department
Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.
As corrected through Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Lauren Shapiro, Appellant,
Ira Sanders, Respondent.

[*1] Lauren Shapiro, appellant pro se.

Ira Sanders, respondent pro se.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Edward H. Lehner, J.), entered April 3, 2007, which denied petitioner's application to vacate an arbitration award awarding respondent a downward modification of child support and denying petitioner's claims for child support arrears and an upward modification of child support, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

Under the parties' 1996 separation agreement incorporated but not merged into their 1996 judgment of divorce, petitioner was awarded custody of both the parties' son and daughter. For reasons not presently in issue, respondent was given temporary custody of the son in 1999. Respondent continued to pay the child support directed in the judgment until March 2004, when, three months after having been awarded permanent custody of the son, he sought a downward modification based on the son's change of custody. Petitioner moved for an upward modification based on an alleged increase in respondent's earnings. Pursuant to an arbitration clause in the separation agreement, the parties were directed to arbitration (25 AD3d 526 [2006], lv denied 6 NY3d 711 [2006]), where petitioner also sought post-March 2004 arrears. The arbitrator found that the parties' incomes are nearly equal and ruled that neither should be required to pay the other child support for the child in the other's custody. Petitioner fails to show that award does not comply with the Child Support Standards Act (Domestic Relations Law § 240 [1-b]) or is [*2]otherwise not in the best interests of the children (see Frieden v Frieden, 22 AD3d 634 [2005], lv denied 6 NY3d 712 [2006]). We have considered petitioner's other arguments and find them unavailing. Concur—Lippman, P.J., Tom, Williams and Acosta, JJ.