from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, John D.
mother appeals the district court's modification of the
physical care provisions of the custody order affecting the
parties' minor child. AFFIRMED.
Zachary S. Hindman of Mayne, Arneson, Hindman, Hisey &
Daane, Sioux City, for appellant.
Christopher R. Barondeau of Goosmann Law Firm, P.L.C., Sioux
City, for appellee.
by Vogel, P.J., and Potterfield and Bower, JJ.
Weinmann appeals the district court's modification
decision that granted physical care of the parties' minor
daughter to Matthew Terrell. Jocelyn claims the court should
have continued with the joint physical care provision under
the original decree. She also appeals the district
court's calculation of child support, and she requests
appellate attorney fees. Because there has been a substantial
change in circumstances such that it is in the child's
best interest to eliminate the joint physical care
arrangement and for Matthew to have physical care of the
child, and the district court's calculation of child
support was appropriate, we affirm. We decline to award
appellate attorney fees.
Background Facts and Proceedings
and Matthew are unmarried parties who have one child
together, Z.R.C., born 2011. Jocelyn and Matthew entered into
a "stipulation and agreement" that was incorporated
into a decree on April 22, 2015, which established joint
legal custody and joint physical care of their child on a
week-on/week-off basis. The stipulation also provided that
Matthew was obligated to pay $190.17 per month in child
eventually arose after the original decree, and Jocelyn filed
an application to show cause on October 25, 2016, claiming
Matthew was denying her communication with the child. Matthew
responded by asserting the alleged denial was an isolated
incident and he is highly supportive of regular telephone
communication. However, on January 13, 2017, Matthew filed a
petition for modification of custody, support, and
visitation. Matthew asserted Jocelyn consistently made
decisions that negatively impacted the health and welfare of
their child, including a lack of communication regarding the
child's education and health care, delaying or failing to
pursue necessary medical or educational services, and
speaking negatively about Matthew in front of the child.
trial on the matter, the district court, on April 25, 2017,
granted Matthew's petition, giving him physical care of
the child and giving Jocelyn liberal visitation. The court
further ordered Jocelyn to pay child support totaling $216.50
per month and ordered the parties to undergo family
Scope and Standard of Review
a proceeding to modify the provisions of a custody decree is
an equitable proceeding, we review the district court's
decision de novo. In re Marriage of Brown, 778
N.W.2d 47, 50 (Iowa Ct. App. 2009). We give weight to the
district court's factual ...