Iowa Court of Appeals Holds That Physical Care Should Be Placed with the Father

Former husband and former wife had a joint physical care arrangement; i.e., “shared care” arrangement where former wife had the child eight days and the former husband had the child six days. Eventually, former wife decided to move an hour-and-a-half away with her new husband.  Both parties thereafter sought to modify the physical care arrangement in district court. The Iowa Court of Appeals held that the stability of keeping the child in the same school district and near extended family tipped the balance in favor of placing the child with the father as opposed to the former wife moving an hour-and-a-half away.  In re Marriage of Allen, No. 15-1100, March 23, 2016.