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Case No. 17-2067

In re the Marriage of Lynch

Rebecca Jo Lynch, Petitioner-Appellee/Cross-Appellant

Edward James Lynch, Respondent-Appellant/Cross-Appellee

Attorney for Appellant

Danni J. Harris

Attorney for Appellee

James R. Van Dyke

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 23, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Greene County, Adria Kester, Judge.  AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED ON APPEAL; AFFIRMED IN PART AND AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED IN PART ON CROSS-APPEAL.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J.  (15 pages)

            Edward Lynch appeals, and Rebecca Lynch cross-appeals, a decree of dissolution of marriage.  Edward challenges the award of traditional spousal support in favor of Rebecca.  Rebecca challenges the awards of spousal support and trial attorney fees as inadequate and contends the district court erred in setting aside the entirety of the premarital value of Edward’s retirement account.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the district court but modify the decree in two respects.  We modify the district court’s property distribution to award Rebecca an equalization payment in the amount of $7500 to be paid by Edward.  We modify the spousal support award in favor of Rebecca to $1000 per month.  We affirm the district court’s award of trial attorney fees.  Costs on appeal are assessed equally between the parties.

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