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In re Marriage of Hansen

Supreme Court of Iowa
733 N.W.2d 683 (2007)


Delores Hansen (plaintiff) and Lyle Hansen (defendant) were married for 18 years and had two children, Miranda and Ethan. Delores was the primary caregiver, and Lyle worked outside of the home. There was severe stress in the Hansens’ marriage, due in part to numerous arguments and excessive drinking. Delores and Lyle had different parenting styles, but Delores often yielded to Lyle’s way of doing things, because he intimidated her. Lyle and Delores separated and sought to obtain a divorce. Following a trial, the district court awarded the parents joint legal and physical custody. Delores appealed the district court’s ruling of joint physical custody.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Wahl, J.)

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