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In re the Parenting of CJ

In re the Parenting of CJ, 2016 MT 93 (April 20, 2016) (Baker, J.) (5-0, aff’d)

Issue: (1) Whether the evidence supported the district court’s finding that mother did not interfere with father’s relationship with child, and (2) whether the district court erred in holding that father had a “heavy burden” to show that his proposed restriction on mother’s relocation to Vermont was consistent with the best interests of their child.

Short Answer: (1) Yes, and (2) no.

Affirmed

Facts: CJ was born to Matthew and Stevi in 2012. Stevi is married to Tom, and the couple has a minor child. Matthew lives in Livingston with his partner, who was pregnant with the couple’s child at the time of the final parenting plan hearing.…

In re the Parenting of SEL

In re the Parenting of SEL, 2015 MT 228 (Aug. 11, 2015) (Rice, J.) (5-0, aff’d)

Issue: (1) Whether the district court erred by holding the child’s best interests would be served by allowing her to relocate to Nevada with her mother; (2) whether the district court erred by limiting Father’s visitations while SEL lives in Nevada; and (3) whether the district court erred by denying Father’s motion for relief from the judgment.

Short Answer: (1) No; (2) no; and (3) no.

Affirmed

Facts: Shad Lemke and Siri Aanrud have a daughter, SEL, born in 2008. The parties never married, and their relationship ended by 2010. When SEL was four months old, the parties moved to Shields Valley, Montana, where Mother primarily stayed home to care for SEL.…