STATE of North Dakota, Statutory Party in Interest Kenneth McGath, Plaintiff v. Wonda MCGATH, Defendant and Appellant
[¶1] Wonda McGath appeals from a judgment granting Kenneth McGath a divorce from her, awarding him primary residential responsibility of the parties' three minor children, ordering her to pay child support, and distributing the parties' marital property. Wonda McGath argues the district court erred in distributing the parties' marital property, awarding Kenneth McGath primary residential responsibility of the parties' children, establishing a parenting time schedule, ordering her to pay child support, and denying her request for a free copy of trial transcripts for appeal because she is indigent.
[¶2] Wonda McGath has failed to provide a trial transcript of the divorce proceeding for her appeal. A civil litigant is not constitutionally nor statutorily entitled to a free transcript on appeal. Koenig v. Schuh, 2016 ND 252, ¶¶ 6-14, 888 N.W.2d 385. An appellant assumes the consequences and risks of failing to provide a complete transcript on appeal, and if the record does not provide for a meaningful and intelligent review of an alleged error, this Court will decline to review the issue. Id. at ¶ 13. Under Koenig, Wonda McGath is not entitled to a free transcript on appeal. Without a transcript, this record is inadequate to provide for meaningful and intelligent review of her claimed errors. She bears the consequences of her failure to provide a transcript, and we affirm the judgment under Koenig and N.D.R.App.P. 35.1(a)(2), (4), and (7).
[¶3] Gerald W. VandeWalle, C.J. Lisa Fair McEvers Daniel J. Crothers Jerod E. Tufte Jon J. Jensen
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