Facts: Father and Mother, the parents of Child, divorced in 2003. It’s Mother was named the primary residential parent. Father received minimal parenting time because, at the time of divorce, he was active duty military and subject to multiple deployments.
In 2013, Father petitioned for a change of custody. He alleged Mother relocated to Texas without providing notice. He further alleged her home provided an unstable environment.
The proof showed Mother moved 11 times since the divorce, thereby forcing Child to change school seven times. Many of mother’s moves were caused by her unstable employment history. Conversely, Father had exhibited much more stability.
Child testified that her preference was to stay with Mother, with whom she had lived the majority of her life.
The trial court modified the parenting plan to designate Father as the primary residential parent.
On Appeal: The Court of…
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