Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Summary 2013 WY 149

Summary of Decision December 10, 2013

Justice Davis delivered the opinion of the Court. Affirmed.


Docket Number: S-13-0076

URL: http://www.courts.state.wy.us/Opinions.aspx

Appeal from the District Court of Teton County the Honorable Timothy C. Day, Judge

Representing Appellant: Christopher Harignordoquy, pro se.

Representing Appellee: Lea Kuvinka of Kuvinka & Kuvinka, P.C., Jackson, Wyoming.

Date of Decision: December 10, 2013

Facts: The parties to this appeal were divorced in the District Court for the Ninth Judicial District (Teton County). Appellant Christopher Harignordoquy contends that the district court erred in exercising child custody jurisdiction, in the determination as to whether his children might be entitled to possible dual citizenship as that finding might relate to child custody, in requiring a bond to permit visitation and limiting visitation to Teton County, and in other respects.

Issues: 1) Did Wyoming have home state jurisdiction under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act so as to permit the district court to make a custody determination? 2) Did the district court abuse its discretion in its custody and visitation decision because it found it unlikely that the parties’ children would obtain dual French citizenship if it awarded Appellant custody or increased visitation? 3) Are any of Appellant’s other arguments adequately supported by pertinent authority or cogent argument so as to permit review? 4) Is Appellee entitled to an award of sanctions under Wyoming Rule of Appellate Procedure 10.05?

Holdings/Conclusion: We find no error in the district court’s rulings, and we therefore affirm. We also award Appellee costs, attorney fees, and damages against Appellant as provided in Wyoming Rule of Appellate Procedure 10.05.

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