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Case No. 18-0783

In re the Marriage of Stice

Joshua Ryan Stice, Petitioner-Appellee

Christina Inez Stice n/k/a Christina Inez Adams, Respondent-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Patrick W. O'Bryan

Attorney for Appellee

Lucas W. Otto

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 20, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Thomas P. Murphy, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (9 pages)

            Christina appeals the modification of a dissolution decree.  The modification transferred physical care of her seven-year-old daughter G.S. from Christina to G.S.’s father, Joshua.  Christina contends Joshua did not show a substantial change in circumstances or that he would provide superior care.  OPINION HOLDS: Joshua showed both a substantial change in circumstances and that he would provide superior care.  Christina has engaged in a course of conduct substantially interfering with Joshua’s relationship with G.S. by denying him visitation and failing to communicate effectively about her schooling and medical needs.  We find Joshua has shown he can provide superior care and support G.S.’s relationship with Christina.  We affirm the modification. 

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