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Townsend v. Townsend

Court of Appeals of Indiana

November 13, 2014

MATTHEW TOWNSEND, Appellant-Petitioner,
v.
LYVONDA TOWNSEND, Appellee-Respondent

APPEAL FROM THE HARRISON COURT. The Honorable John T. Evans, Judge. Cause No. 31C01-1107-DR-169.

ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: BRYAN LEE CIYOU, LORI B. SCHMELTZER, Ciyou & Dixon, P.C., Indianapolis, Indiana.

ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: SUSAN E. SCHULTZ, Corydon, Indiana.

BARNES, Judge. BRADFORD, J., and BROWN, J, concur.

OPINION

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BARNES, Judge

Case Summary

Matthew Townsend (" Father" ) appeals the trial court's order requiring him to pay the appellate attorney fees of his ex-wife, Lyvonda Townsend (" Mother" ). We affirm.

Issues

Father raises one issue, which we restate as:

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I. whether the trial court applied the correct standard when it ordered him to pay Mother's appellate attorney fees; and
II. whether the trial court abused its discretion by ordering him to pay Mother's appellate attorney fees.

Facts

Mother and Father were married in 2006, and had one son together, E.T. In 2011, Father petitioned for dissolution. In March 2013, the trial court entered an order awarding Mother sole custody of E.T. and awarding Father visitation on alternating weekends and on holidays pursuant to the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines. Father appealed that order, arguing there was insufficient evidence to support the award of sole custody to ...


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