Simpson v. Simpson
When parties are unable to communicate effectively about parenting, a court can award one parent sole custody. The parties married in September 2008 and have one minor child, who was born in March 2009. The court found, by clear and convincing evidence, that the defendant husband, 30, is not the father of the youngest child that the wife, 30, gave birth to in July 2012. The wife failed to prove that the husband was emotionally abusive to her child. The court found that the parties are not able to communicate effectively about parenting. The husband earns $400 gross per week, plus tips of $250 per week. The wife is not employed. The court awarded sole custody of the parties' minor child, who was born in March 2009, to the defendant husband and visitation to the wife on alternate weekends from Friday at 7 p.m. until Sunday at 1 p.m. The parties' minor child may continue to visit and to sleep at the homes of members of the family and friends. The court ordered the parents to refrain from criticizing each other in the presence of the minor child. The court ordered the husband to arrange health insurance for the minor child and to pay 100 percent of any unreimbursed medical expenses. The court did not award alimony to the wife or order that the wife pay child support. The court awarded the wife the Jeep and the husband the Dodge.