In the Matter of the Paternity of T. M.-B. (Child),
Julie Mapletoft, Appellee-Respondent Robert E. Bush, Appellant-Petitioner,
from the Lake Superior Court The Honorable Thomas P.
Stefaniak, Judge The Honorable Aimee M. Talian, Magistrate
Trial Court Cause No. 45D06-1203-JP-694
Attorneys for Appellant Edward J. Calderaro Kristin R.
Valdivia Sachs & Hess, P.C. St. John, Indiana
Attorney for Appellee George P. Galanos Crown Point, Indiana
Robert E. Bush ("Father") appeals the paternity
order entered in his action against Julie Mapletoft
("Mother") regarding the support of their daughter,
T. M.-B. ("Child"). He raises six issues for our
review, which we restate as:
1. Whether the trial court abused its discretion in holding
Father's gambling income should be treated as regular
income for the purpose of calculating Father's child
2. Whether the trial court abused its discretion in awarding
Mother credit for healthcare premiums in the amount ordered;
3. Whether the trial court abused its discretion in
clarifying a previously agreed order to provide a price range
and other guidance to govern the purchase of a horse for
4. Whether the trial court abused its discretion in finding
Father in contempt for failing to pay for horseback riding
lessons for 2017-18 and for failing to purchase a saddle for
affirm in part, reverse in part, and remand.
and Procedural History
Mother and Father have one daughter, Child. Child was born in
2005. On June 10, 2013, the trial court determined
Father's paternity of Child and ordered Father to pay
$690.00 per week in child support. The decree directed Mother
to carry Child on her work-related health insurance policy.
It also directed Father to pay 84% and Mother to pay 16% of
the costs associated with Child's extracurricular
activities. On March 13, 2015, the court entered an agreed
order after both Mother and Father filed verified motions for
contempt. In relevant part, the order provided:
B. That the 2015-2016 extra-curricular activities will be
horseback riding and gymnastics. Mother will pay all of the
gymnastics fees if the child decides to do gymnastics. Father
will pay all of the horseback riding fees and will buy the
child a horse and saddle.
C. That for the years after the 2015-2016 school year, the
mother and father will discuss the extra-curricular
activities the child chooses and whatever activities are
agreed upon, father will pay 84% directly to the school if it
is allowed to be paid that ...