from the Iowa District Court for Dubuque County, Michael J.
father appeals from a district court decree awarding physical
care of his daughter to the child's mother.
Natalia H. Blaskovich of Reynolds & Kenline, L.L.P.,
Dubuque, for appellant.
Melissa Leppert, Dubuque, appellee pro se.
Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Mullins, JJ.
VAITHESWARAN, PRESIDING JUDGE.
father appeals a district court decree granting physical care
of his daughter to the child's mother.
Background Facts and Proceedings
Deiman and Melissa Leppert are the unmarried parents of a
child, born in 2006. Deiman was a resident of Minnesota.
Leppert and the child were residents of Iowa. The child lived
with Leppert exclusively and continuously. When the child was
eight years old, Deiman petitioned for custody, visitation,
and child support. Leppert failed to respond to Deiman's
discovery requests and, as a sanction, was prohibited from
offering trial evidence other than her own testimony.
trial, Deiman testified to a litany of improper behaviors by
Leppert, some dating back several years. For her part,
Leppert insisted the child would be better off in the care of
the parent with whom she had always lived.
district court questioned the child about her preferences.
The child expressed a desire to remain with her mother. The
court granted Leppert physical care.
moved for enlarged findings and conclusions. The court
expanded the decree but declined to alter its conclusion that
Leppert should exercise physical care. Deiman appealed.
argues the district court (1) failed to consider several
relevant statutory factors as well as the evidence supporting
them, (2) gave excessive weight to the child's
preference, and (3) gave too much credence to Leppert in
light of her ...