Sweeney v. Sweeney

20010129 Danni Jane Sweeney,
n/k/a Danni Jane Lynch, Plaintiff, Appellant
and Cross-Appellee
v.
David James Sweeney, Defendant, Appellee
and Cross-Appellant

Appeal from: District Court, Northwest Judicial District, Williams County
Judge Gerald H. Rustad
Nature of Action: Child Cust & Support (Div.\other)
Counsel:
Appellee: Irvin B. Nodland, PC
Appellant: Neff Eiken & Neff, PC
Term: 09/2002   Argument: 09/17/2002  1:30pm
ND cite: 2002 ND 206
NW cite: 654 N.W.2d 407

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Issues: Appellant's Statement of the Issues:
1. Whether the Trial Court's determination not to grant Appellant's Motion for a change of custody of Charlie was clearly erroneous?
2. Whether the Trial Court's failure to award Appellant his attorney's fees and costs was an abuse of discretion?
3. In the alternative, if custody remains with Danni, whether the Trial Court's failure to suspend Appellant's child support, as a means to recoup David's attorney's fees and costs, was an abuse of discretion?

Appellee's Statement of the Issues:
I. The district court acted within its discretion in refusing to change custody .
II. The facts of the case do not justify any more drastic "remedy" than those imposed.
III. Danni has not obstructed visitation.
VI. Appellant's request for a cost assessment is totally unwarranted.

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Docket entries:
105/18/2001 NOTICE OF APPEAL: 05/17/2001
205/18/2001 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT: 05/17/2001
305/29/2001 RETENTION OF RECORD ON APPEAL: 08/15/2001
407/05/2001 MOT. EXT/TIME TRANSCRIPT (Michael Levitt)
507/05/2001 ACTION BY TRIAL COURT (Rustad). Granted: 08/15/2001
608/20/2001 MOT. EXT/TIME TRANSCRIPT w/cover ltr. (Michael Levitt)
708/20/2001 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE. Granted: 10/15/2001
811/26/2001 MOT. EXT/TIME TRANSCRIPT (Levitt letter dated 11/19/2001). Granted: 12/19/2001
911/26/2001 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE. Granted: 12/19/2001
1012/27/2001 MOT. EXT/TIME TRANSCRIPT (Mike Levitt)
1112/27/2001 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE (no further extensions; see 12/27/01 letter). Granted: 01/18/2002
1203/20/2002 RECORD ON APPEAL & exhibits
1303/20/2002 NOTICE OF CROSS APPEAL filed in the trial court on May 25, 2001
1403/26/2002 TRANSCRIPT COMMENCING 6-20-97 (VOL. I); TRANS. COMMENCING 9-3-98 (VOL. II); TRANS. COMMENCING
1503/26/2002 8-7-00 (VOL. III); TRANS. COMMENCING 8-7-00 (VOL. IV); & TRANS. COMMENCING 8-7-00 (VOL. V)
1603/27/2002 DISKS (2) (TRA -- 9-3-98; 9-7-99; & 8-7-00)
1703/27/2002 DISK NONCOMPLIANCE for TRANS. dated 6-20-97 (E-Mail Message from Michael Levitt)
1803/27/2002 DISK - TRA (6-20-97) (Scanned)
1904/01/2002 Certificate of Service of Appeal Transcript
2004/22/2002 MOTION FOR VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL OF APPEAL
2104/22/2002 ACTION BY CLERK. Granted
2204/22/2002 Order of Dismissal Mailed to Parties
2305/01/2002 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF, with attachment (David Sweeney)
2405/01/2002 ACTION BY CLERK. Granted: 05/22/2002
2505/02/2002 Letter from Irvin Nodland that he has no objection to the extension of time
2605/21/2002 APPELLANT BRIEF (Brief of Cross-Appellant David Sweeney)
2705/21/2002 APPELLANT APPENDIX (2 Volumes)
2805/22/2002 DISK - ATB
2906/21/2002 APPELLEE BRIEF (Brief of Cross-Appellee Dannie Sweeney)
3006/21/2002 APPELLEE APPENDIX
3106/26/2002 DISK - AEB
3207/03/2002 REPLY BRIEF (of Cross-Appellant David Sweeney)
3307/03/2002 attached addendum
3407/05/2002 DISK - RYB
3509/17/2002 APPEARANCES: For cross-appellant Charles L. Neff; For cross-appellee Irvin B. Nodland
3609/17/2002 ARGUED: Neff; Nodland
3709/17/2002 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
3812/20/2002 DISPOSITION (and remanded): AFFIRMED/PT, REVERSED/PT
3912/20/2002 SPLIT OPINION: Neumann, William A.
4012/20/2002 (DISSENT): Sandstrom, Dale V.: DISSENT
4112/20/2002 At the direction of the Court, no costs will be taxed in this appeal.
4212/24/2002 Order/Judgment Mailed to Parties
4301/15/2003 MANDATE
4401/16/2003 RECEIPT SIGNED BY DISTRICT COURT CLERK'S OFFICE
4501/24/2008 EXPUNGED - Nonpermanent record items destroyed

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