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Richardson v. Richardson

Court of Appeals of Indiana

June 10, 2015

Jovon R. Richardson, Appellant-Respondent,
v.
Joshua M. Richardson, Appellee-Petitioner

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Appeal from the Marion Superior Court. The Honorable James B. Osborn, Judge. The Honorable Kimberly D. Mattingly, Magistrate. Case No. 49D14-1303-DR-10821.

ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: Jonathan D. Harwell, Harwell Legal Counsel LLC, Indianapolis, Indiana.

ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: Denise F. Hayden, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Crone, Judge. Brown, J., and Pyle, J., concur.

OPINION

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Crone, Judge.

Case Summary

[¶1] Jovon R. Richardson (" Wife" ) appeals the decree of dissolution dissolving her marriage to Joshua M. Richardson (" Husband" ). In the decree, the trial court granted Husband sole legal and physical custody of the parties' minor child, W.R., and also granted Husband visitation with Wife's minor daughter, Husband's stepdaughter, L.O. Additionally, the trial court found Wife in contempt for her willful interference with Husband's parenting time and visitation in violation of the court's preliminary order. On appeal, Wife raises several issues, including that the trial court abused its discretion in granting Husband visitation with L.O. Wife argues that the trial court was without authority to grant such visitation and that Husband failed to establish that visitation with him is in L.O.'s best interest. Wife also asserts that the trial court abused its discretion in finding her in contempt. Finally, Wife seeks reversal of the trial court's custody order regarding W.R., claiming that the trial court was biased against her and that the custody arrangement ordered by the court was requested by neither party. We affirm the trial court in all respects.

Facts and Procedural History

[¶2] Wife gave birth to a daughter, L.O., on August 16, 2003. Robert Osborne (" Biological Father" ) is L.O.'s father. Wife filed a petition to establish paternity and, on April 27, 2006, the Marion Circuit Court entered its order establishing paternity in Biological Father and granting custody of L.O. to Wife. The order provided for Biological Father to pay child support and for him to exercise parenting time with ...


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