Rhodenbaugh v. RhodenbaughAnnotate this Case
Ashley and Jay Rhodenbaugh were married in 2010 and had two minor children together. During the marriage, Jay farmed, and Ashley stayed at home and cared for the children. In May 2016, Jay filed for divorce, and the parties separated. In October 2016, the district court issued an interim order granting the parties joint decision-making responsibilities for the children, awarding Ashley primary residential responsibility and Jay unsupervised parenting time. At the time of the interim order, she was living in the marital home with the minor children, and he was living in a home he rented from his sister. Effective in December 2016, the court ordered Jay to pay Ashley interim child support of $1,159 per month and spousal support of $500 per month. The court also ordered him to pay certain additional household expenses until his support obligations commenced in December 2016, and thereafter the parties were responsible for their own household expenses and Ashley was to be responsible for their minor children’s expenses. A final judgment was entered in November 2017. Ashley appealed certain district court orders and the divorce judgment. On this record, the North Dakota Supreme Court concluded the district court did not abuse its discretion in denying Ashley's motion to reopen the record and for other relief, and did not abuse its discretion in awarding Jay $1,000 in attorney’s fees.