235 A.D.2d 540 (1997)

653 N.Y.S.2d 857

In the Matter of Naajila J. Children's Aid Society, Appellant; Kevin J., Respondent

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Second Department.

January 27, 1997

Ordered that the order is affirmed, with costs.

It is well settled that the decision as to whether to relieve a party of an order entered upon his default is a matter left to the sound discretion of the court. A party seeking to vacate an order entered upon his default must establish that there is a reasonable excuse for the default and a meritorious defense (see, Matter of Little Flower Children's Servs. [Sean Courtney G.] v Vernon J., 213 A.D.2d 548). We agree with the Family Court that the respondent father has made the requisite showing.


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