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Slappy v. Slappy, et al.

Docket No. 20200352
Oral Argument: Monday, September 13, 2021 9:30 AM

Docket Info

Title
Nicole M. Kunz f/k/a Nicole M. Slappy, Plaintiff, Appellant, and Cross-Appellee
v.
Jermece Slappy, Defendant, Appellee, and Cross-Appellant
and
State of North Dakota, Real Party in Interest
Case Type
CIVIL APPEAL : CHILD CUST & SUPPORT (Div.\Other)
Appeal From
Case No. 2013-DM-00347
South Central Judicial District, Morton County
Cynthia Feland
2021 ND 186965 N.W.2d 408
Oral Argument 9/13/2021

Highlight

To modify primary residential responsibility after two years, the moving party must meet the requirements of the statutory framework, including that there has been a material change in circumstances of the child or the parties, and that modification is necessary for the best interests of the child.

“Necessary” for the best interests of the child means there must be a showing that the changed circumstances had an adverse effect on the child or there had been a general decline in the child’s condition.

Because continuity and stability in a child’s life is favored, an improvement to the moving party’s life, without evidence of an adverse effect or general decline in the child, is insufficient to modify primary residential responsibility.


Briefs

Filing Date Description
04/20/2021 APPELLANT BRIEF View
05/24/2021 APPELLEE BRIEF (Jermece Slappy) View
06/18/2021 REPLY BRIEF (Nicole Kunz) View

Counsel

Party Type Name
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Joshua Lorenzo Weatherspoon - 08641
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Aaron Daniel Pulanco - 09032
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Rodney Ervin Pagel - 05090

(Note: Attachments may not be available for recently filed cases and/or confidential documents.)

Seq. # Filing Date Description Attachment
1 12/18/2020 NOTICE OF APPEAL : 12/18/2020
2 12/21/2020 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT : 12/29/2020
3 12/28/2020 Received $125 filing fee
4 12/28/2020 NOT. OF FILING NOT. OF APPEAL AND PROOF OF SERV.
5 12/28/2020 Notice served on Rodney E. Pagel, Joshua L. Weatherspoon, & Sheila K. Keller
6 12/29/2020 NOTICE OF CROSS APPEAL
7 12/29/2020 NOT. OF FILING NOT. OF CROSS-APPEAL AND PROOF OF SERV.
8 12/29/2020 Notice served on Rodney E. Pagel, Joshua L. Weatherspoon, & Sheila K. Keller
9 01/13/2021 ELEC. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED JANUARY 12, 2021 (ENTRY NOS. 1-171, 173-208)
10 02/26/2021 ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPT DATED SEPTEMBER 1, 2020
11 04/01/2021 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF
12 04/01/2021 ACTION BY CHIEF DEPUTY CLERK - Granted : 04/21/2021
13 04/20/2021 APPELLANT BRIEF View
14 04/20/2021 APPELLANT APPENDIX
15 04/20/2021 Oral Argument Request by Appellant
16 04/21/2021 Rec'd non-substantive corrections to ATB & ATA (title, pg #s, OCRd)
17 04/22/2021 Rec'd 4 copies of ATB & 4 copies of ATA from CSD
18 05/09/2021 MOTION TO ALTER BRIEFING SCHEDULE
19 05/09/2021 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted
20 05/09/2021 Slappy (30 days after AT); State (30 days after Slappy); AT reply (14 days after State);
21 05/09/2021 Slappy reply (14 days after AT reply)
22 05/24/2021 APPELLEE BRIEF (Jermece Slappy) View
23 05/24/2021 APPELLEE APPENDIX (Jermece Slappy)
24 05/28/2021 Rec'd $21.50 e-filing surcharge for AEA (receipt #28147)
25 06/04/2021 Rec'd letter from Sheila Keller, Child Support Unit will not be filing a brief or appearing
26 06/18/2021 REPLY BRIEF (Nicole Kunz) View
27 06/18/2021 REPLY BRIEF APPENDIX (filed subject to the approval of the Court)
28 06/22/2021 Rec'd 4 copies of RYB & appendix from CSD
29 06/23/2021 Rec'd 4 copies of AEB & AEA from CSD
30 08/05/2021 NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
31 09/13/2021 APPEARANCES: Rodney E. Pagel/Aaron D. Pulanco
32 09/13/2021 ARGUED: Rodney E. Pagel/Aaron D. Pulanco
33 09/13/2021 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
34 10/14/2021 DISPOSITION
35 10/14/2021 SPLIT OPINION : Jensen, Jon J. View
36 10/14/2021 Concur : VandeWalle, Gerald W.
37 10/14/2021 By Order of the Court, costs to neither party
38 10/14/2021 Judgment View
39 11/05/2021 MANDATE