Supreme Court of Iowa
733 N.W.2d 683 (Iowa 2007)
Lyle Hansen (plaintiff) filed a petition for divorce from Delores Hansen (defendant) after 18 years of marriage and the birth of two children. The trial court awarded joint legal and physical custody of the two children to Lyle and Delores, despite evidence that Lyle and Delores rarely communicated civilly or showed mutual respect during the marriage. The trial court established a schedule under which physical care of the children alternated between Lyle and Delores for six-month periods, with liberal visitation granted to the non-custodial parent. Lyle and Delores appealed, each seeking sole primary physical care of the children. Lyle was willing to accept joint physical care in the alternative if the court did not grant care to him. The court of appeals reversed the judgment of the trial court and granted exclusive physical care of the children to Delores. The Supreme Court of Iowa granted certiorari to review.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Appel, J.)
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