Preponderance of the evidence standard of proof, rather than clear and convincing standard, applied for purposes of evaluating whether father rebutted statutory presumption favoring mother’s post-dissolution decision to relocate with children to another county as primary residential parent; a higher standard, such as the clear and convincing standard proposed by mother, would have inappropriately subordinated father’s rights to those of mother’s, and the relocation proceeding did not threaten to sever contact between father, the non-residential parent, and the children nor permanently remove legal recognition of parental status.
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