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In 2012, Mother and Father divorced. The decree of dissolution provided that the couple’s two children would reside permanently with Mother. In 2013, Mother died in a fire. The children’s maternal grandmother (Grandmother) immediately took control of the children. Father subsequently filed a petition for exclusive parental control, and Grandmother requested that she be awarded a parental interest in the children. The district court entered an order granting Father exclusive parental control and authority over the children, concluding that Grandmother had not established a parent-child relationship between her and the children. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the district court’s decision was supported by substantial, credible evidence.