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Case No. 19-0933

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Jamie Lynn Sinn
Rusty James Duff


Jamie Lynn Sinn


Rusty James Duff

Attorneys for Appellant

Cynthia D. Hucks

Attorneys for Appellee

Paul A. Miller

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 01, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Jefferson County, Myron Gookin, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Greer and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (5 pages)

            Jamie Sinn and Rusty Duff are the never-married parents of A.D. and L.D.  In a 2014 stipulated decree, the court gave the parents joint legal custody of the children, placed the children in Jamie’s physical care, and gave Rusty reasonable visitation with the children.  Following Rusty’s 2018 petition to modify the decree, the district court modified physical care, placing the children in Rusty’s care.  On appeal, Jamie challenges the district court’s ruling, arguing the modification of physical care is not in A.D.’s and L.D.’s best interests.  Alternatively, she contends she should be awarded more visitation time.  She also requests $2000 in appellate attorney fees.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the district court’s modification and decline to award Jamie appellate attorney fees.

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