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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Custody – Mother-Daughter Relationship – Jurisdiction – Support (access required)

Reed v. Olson Although the father argues that it was not within the trial court’s discretion to conclude that the parties’ daughter’s relationship with her mother was more important than her relationship with her father, step-mother and half-sister, the trial court did not find that the mother-daughter relationship was more important; rather, the trial court simply found that the relationship was important.

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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Custody – Insufficient Findings – Civil Practice – Continuance Motion (access required)

Jerkins v. Warren In support of its award of primary physical custody to the plaintiff-father and liberal visitation to the defendant-mother, the trial court found merely that both parties “are fit and proper persons for the roles assigned herein” and that “this order is in the best interest of the minor child.” These findings do not allow us to determine whether the trial court property awarded primary physical custody of the parties’ child to the father.

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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Custody – Modification – Changed Circumstances (access required)

Weaver v. Thomas The trial court’s findings show that circumstances have changed since its original custody order in that the children have bonded with their new stepmother and the defendant-father has been more successful than the plaintiff-mother in dealing with their son’s anger issues. We affirm the trial court’s modification of custody, awarding primary physical custody to the father.

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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Support Action – Civil Practice – Subject Matter Jurisdiction & Standing – Custody (access required)

Caldwell County Department of Social Services ex rel. Howe v. Howe The defendant-father challenges the district court’s subject matter jurisdiction and plaintiff’s standing, arguing the mother did not have custody of the parties’ child. However, the father based his argument on the parties’ consent order in which they agreed “to equally share custody of their minor child.”

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