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Case No. 18-0381

In re the Marriage of Dauterive

Christopher Dauterive, Petitioner-Appellee

Tricia Dauterive, Respondent-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Andrew B. Howie

Attorney for Appellee

Alexandra M. Nelissen

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 06, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, David M. Porter, Judge.  AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (14 pages)

            Tricia Dauterive appeals from a district court order on her motion for modification of her divorce decree with Christopher Dauterive.  She contends the district court erred in continuing the shared-care arrangement.  She also contends the district court wrongly ordered her to pay all of their minor child’s orthodontia expenses and miscalculated child support and the parties’ respective shares of unreimbursed medical expenses.  Finally, she contests the award of trial attorney fees.  OPINION HOLDS: Tricia did not show ending the shared-care arrangement would be in the child’s best interests, so we affirm that provision of the modification ruling.  But we reverse the order that Tricia is solely responsible for the child’s orthodontia, reverse the award of attorney fees, and remand for recalculation of child support and the parties’ obligations for unreimbursed medical expenses. 

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