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Ynclan v. Woodward

Supreme Court of Oklahoma
237 P.3d 145 (2010)


Nancy Ynclan (plaintiff) and Nolan Ynclan (defendant) were married for 12 years and had four children. In February 2008, Nancy filed for divorce. In January 2009, the case went to trial. On the second day of trial, the trial judge conducted private, in camera interviews with the three oldest children. Nancy, Nolan, and their attorneys were not present during the interviews. The only person present other than the trial judge and the three children was a court reporter. The purpose of the in camera interviews was for the trial judge to discern the custody preferences of the three oldest children in a safe, comfortable environment. Following the interviews, Nolan requested the transcript of the children’s interviews. Nolan’s request for the transcript was denied. Nancy was granted the divorce and awarded custody of the children. Nolan appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Kauger, J.)

Dissent (Watt, J.)

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