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Case No. 20-0418

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In re the Marriage of DeMoss

Ashlee Ann DeMoss, Petitioner-Appellee

Keith Allen DeMoss, Respondent-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Jamie A. Splinter

Attorney for Appellee

Susan M. Hess

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 30, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Jackson County, Mark J. Smith, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (12 pages)

            Keith DeMoss appeals dissolution decree granting Ashlee Hingtgen physical care of their two sons.  He contends the district court should have awarded him physical care or at least joint physical care.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the parties struggle to communicate and maintain animosity toward each other, we find joint physical care would not be in the best interests of the children.  As to the physical care determination, we affirm the court’s ruling in favor of Ashlee based on the need to maintain long-term stability for the children. 

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