FROM THE SEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PARISH OF CATAHOULA,
NO. 27, 341 HONORABLE JOHN C. REEVES, DISTRICT JUDGE.
McClure Attorney at Law Counsel for Plaintiff/Appellee:
Dareth Champlin Delhoste (mother).
R. Boyd Attorney at Law Post Office Drawer, Counsel for
Defendant/Appellant: Robin G. Delhoste (father).
composed of Elizabeth A. Pickett, Phyllis M. Keaty, and D.
Kent Savoie, Judges.
PHYLLIS M. KEATY JUDGE.
Robin G. Delhoste, appeals the trial court's judgment
denying his Rule for Contempt, Change of Custody, and Change
in Visitation. For the following reasons, the trial
court's judgment is affirmed.
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
G. Delhoste (hereinafter "the father") married
Plaintiff/Appellee, Dareth Champlin Delhoste (hereinafter
"the mother"), in 1999. Four children were born of
the marriage: Chloe Amanda Delhoste, born June 12, 2000;
Peyton Edward Delhoste, born April 2, 2004; Sawyer Champlin
Delhoste, born April 2, 2004; and Mollie Pearl Delhoste, born
April 27, 2007. On April 21, 2014, the couple divorced. A
Stipulated Judgment entered into between the parties,
rendered on January 6, 2014, and signed by the trial court on
January 21, 2014, granted the mother sole custody of the
children. The father was granted visitation with the three
younger children "every other Saturday and Sunday,
during the day." He was granted visitation with the
oldest child, Chloe, "based on the recommendation of the
minor child's counselor."
have been multiple filings in this matter. At issue herein is
the father's Rule for Contempt, Change of Custody, and
Change in Visitation, which he filed on October 30, 2015.
Therein, he asked for visitation every other weekend, from
6:00 p.m. on Friday until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. He asked to
"be allowed to visit with the children one (1) weeknight
from after school until 8:00pm [sic] on the weeks where he
does not exercise his weekend visitation." He sought
custody of Chloe, with weekend visitation in favor of the
mother. The father asked the trial court to hold the mother
in contempt of court for violating various court orders and
rule was heard on January 7, 2016. After taking testimony,
the trial court took the matter under advisement and gave the
parties time to file rebuttal briefs. The trial court
instructed the mother to provide all medical records
pertaining to Chloe's mental health, including those from
the Office of Community Services (OCS) and Darla Gilbert,
Chloe's mental health counselor. On April 5, 2016, the
trial court rendered and signed a judgment denying all
provisions of the father's rule. It ordered the
provisions of the Stipulated Judgment remain in full force
and effect. The father appealed.
appeal, the father asserts the following assignments of
1. The trial court clearly erred in not finding a change of
material circumstance necessary to change custody relating to
the minor child, Chloe Delhoste.
2. The trial court clearly erred by [not] finding that a
change of custody and increase in visitation was in the best
interest of the minor children.
3. The trial court clearly erred by not finding Defendant-in
Rule/Appellee, Dareth Champlin Delhoste, in ...