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In re Marriage of Tresnak
Citation:297 N.W.2d 109 (Iowa 1980)
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The case involves a parental dispute over custody of two sons, Rick and Ryan. The parents are Emil James Tresnak (Jim) and Linda Lou Tresnak, who were married in 1965. In 1979 decree dissolving the marriage, the trial court awarded custody of the children to Jim. In challenging the trial court’s reasoning, Linda contends no evidentiary support existed for the court’s assumptions about law school and the children’s activities. She also contends that the assumed facts are not a proper subject of judicial notice. Linda at the time desired to continue her education by attending law school at the University of Iowa.
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