from the Iowa District Court for Crawford County, Tod Deck,
Thomsen appeals and MaKinzie Nelson cross-appeals from the
district court's custody decree. AFFIRMED AS
MODIFIED ON APPEAL; AFFIRMED ON CROSS-APPEAL.
Eric Neu of Minnich, Comito & Neu, P.C., Carroll, for
Michael J. Riley and Bryan D. Swain of Salvo, Deren, Schenck,
Gross, Swain & Argotsinger, P.C., Harlan, for
Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and May, JJ.
case is about K.R.T., the happy, healthy, thriving
three-year-old child of Joshua Thomsen and MaKinzie Nelson.
Following a trial on Joshua's custody petition, the
district court entered a decree awarding joint legal custody,
granting physical care to MaKinzie, and ordering robust
visitation for Joshua. Both parents appealed.
argues the district court should have ordered joint physical
care or, in the alternative, granted physical care to him. He
also argues the district court should have accepted his
proposed holiday visitation schedule.
generally defends the district court's decree. But she
contends the court provided "excessive" visitation
for Joshua and, moreover, failed to specify a proper location
for her to pick up K.R.T. following visitation.
affirm on all points except for the holiday visitation
schedule, which we modify.
Background Facts and Proceedings
and MaKinzie began their relationship in 2014. The couple
moved in together in October 2015. K.R.T. was born in July
2016. Joshua was employed as a farmhand. He was the main
source of income during the relationship while MaKinzie
attended cosmetology school and cared for K.R.T. Both parties
agree MaKinzie was the primary caretaker of K.R.T. while
October 2017, the couple had split and Joshua moved out.
Joshua later purchased a home with his girlfriend. She has
three young children from a previous marriage.
December 2017, Joshua filed a custody petition. Following trial,
the court entered a decree awarding joint legal custody,
placing physical care with MaKinzie, ...