In re the Matter of: DEON P. NICHOLAS, Petitioner/Appellee,
PHILLIP H. NICHOLAS, Respondent/Appellant.
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Appeal from the Superior Court in Maricopa County No. FC2012-004193 The Honorable Jay R. Adleman, Judge
Law Office of Laura Gillis, Phoenix By Laura E. Gillis Co-Counsel for Petitioner/Appellee Gillespie, Shields, Durrant & Goldfarb, Mesa By Mark A. Shields Co-Counsel for Petitioner/Appellee
The Murray Law Offices, PC, Scottsdale By Stanley D. Murray Counsel for Respondent/Appellant
Presiding Judge Diane M. Johnsen delivered the decision of the Court, in which Judge Kent E. Cattani and Judge John C. Gemmill joined.
¶1 Phillip Nicholas ("Father") appeals from the superior court's order granting a request by Deon Nicholas ("Mother") to modify parenting time and its order granting him partial attorney's fees. For the following reasons, we affirm.
FACTS AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND
¶2 Mother and Father have three minor children. In June 2013, the superior court issued a dissolution decree ("Decree") awarding joint legal decision-making authority. It further ordered that "the minor children shall remain in California with Mother until or about July 1, 2014 when Father retires from the Military and relocates to Arizona thereafter, at which time the children shall be returned to Arizona."
¶3 Less than a year after the court issued the Decree, Mother filed a petition (the "Petition") asking the court to set aside its legal decision-making order for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. In the alternative, she requested to be permitted to relocate to California, where she and the children were living, because of an asserted substantial and continuing change in circumstances.
¶4 After ascertaining its jurisdiction and taking evidence, the court granted Mother's request to relocate the children to California. The court issued a long-distance parenting plan that designated Mother as the primary residential parent and established a visitation schedule for Father.
¶5 Father timely appealed. We have jurisdiction pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes ("A.R.S.") sections 12-120.21(A)(1) (2015) and -2101(A)(1) (2015).
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