Thursday, August 01, 2013

Summary 2013 WY 76

Summary of Decision June 18, 2013

Chief Justice Kite delivered the opinion for the Court. Affirmed.


Docket Number: S‑12‑0233


Appeal from the District Court of Teton County The Honorable Marvin L. Tyler, Judge

Representing Appellant: Mark J. Longfield of Longfield Law Office, LLC, Jackson, Wyoming.

Representing Appellee: Molly Hartman Dearing of Dearing Law Firm, LLC, Jackson, Wyoming.

Date of Decision: June 18, 2013

Facts: Matthew Oliver Lee (Father) appeals from the district court’s order directing him to pay Nancy W. Lee (Mother) $680 per month in child support for the care of their minor child. Although the district court granted Father a downward deviation from the amount calculated with the child support guidelines, he claims the court erred by refusing to apply the joint custody child support statute.

Issues: Father presents a single issue on appeal: Did the district court abuse its discretion in finding that [Father] did not meet the requisite statutory guidelines for joint custody child support?

Mother also queries: Does this [C]ourt lack jurisdiction to consider this appeal because [Father] failed to file a Notice of Appeal from the district court’s final order disposing of the issues in this case within the allotted time provided by Wyo. R. App. P. Rule 2.01?

Holdings: We disagree with some of the district court’s rationale; however, we conclude, in the end, it did not abuse its discretion. Consequently, we affirm.

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