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This case came before the Supreme Court on an appeal from a magistrate court's determination on custody and visitation of minor children in a divorce proceeding. In a memorandum decision, the magistrate court awarded the parties joint legal custody of the children, with primary physical custody awarded to the mother. The father, Russell Peterson, alleged on appeal that the magistrate court abused its discretion by awarding unequal visitation time to the mother, Laura Peterson, and by allowing the mother to move to Utah with the children. Upon review, the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the magistrate court. The Court held that the findings of the magistrate court were not clearly erroneous and that the court had substantial evidence to support its conclusions regarding visitation. Further, the Court held that the magistrate court did not abuse its discretion in permitting Laura to move to Utah with the children.