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Case No. 18-0337

In re the Marriage of Friest

Colette Denise Friest, Petitioner-Appellant/Cross-Appellee

Brent Todd Friest, Respondent-Appellee/Cross-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Kodi A. Brotherson

Leslie Babich

Attorney for Appellee

Anjela A. Shutts and Van T. Everett

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 20, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Hardin County, Timothy J. Finn, Judge.  AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED AND REMANDED WITH INSTRUCTIONS.  Heard by Doyle, P.J., and Mullins and McDonald, JJ.  Decided by Vogel, C.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, J.  (22 pages)

            Colette Friest appeals and Brent Friest cross-appeals various provisions of the district court’s decree dissolving their twenty-one-year marriage.  OPINION HOLDS: We agree with the district court that “[t]his is an extremely complicated case.”  We find the district court’s decree should be affirmed as modified in various respects as set out in this opinion, resulting in an increase of the equalization payment to Collette.  We further find Brent’s personal farm income for purposes of calculating his child-support obligation should be increased, and we remand the issue back to the district court to recalculate Brent’s child-support obligation consistent with this opinion.  The district court shall order a schedule of payments for the increased equalization payment that is fair and equitable to the parties.

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