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Case No. 17-2034

In re the Marriage of Widdison

Amy A. Widdison n/k/a Amy A. Dendy, Petitioner-Appellee

Harold K. Widdison, Respondent-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Harold K. Widdison, self-represented

Attorney for Appellee

Amanda Van Wyhe

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 12, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, Nancy L. Whittenburg, Judge.  AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ.  Carr, S.J., takes no part.  Opinion by Doyle, J. (9 pages)

            Harold Widdison appeals the order modifying the child-visitation and child-support provisions of the decree dissolving his marriage to Amy Widdison, now known as Amy Dendy.  OPINION HOLDS: I. The slight decrease in Harold’s visitation during the school year is in the children’s best interests.  II. We reverse the portion of the order increasing the amount of Harold’s child-support obligation because Amy did not request any increase.  III. We do not consider Harold’s claim regarding the district court’s failure to disclose information, which he raised for the first time in his reply brief.  IV. Because the district court acted within its discretion in awarding Amy trial attorney fees, we affirm.  Considering the income disparity between the parties, we award Amy $3400 of her appellate attorney fees.

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