Substantial evidence supported finding that father engaged in conduct that was contrary to his parental relationship, which supported award of parental interest to child’s step‑father after child’s mother died; the Department of Health and Human Services Child Support Enforcement Division report indicated that father had paid only 25‑30% of the child support he owed, and witnesses testified that father missed many visitation opportunities with child, and step‑father financially supported child, regularly helped her with her homework, attended her sporting events and school activities, provided transportation to school and other places, prepared meals for her, and took care of her while her mother worked.
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