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Case No. 18-1702

In re the Marriage of Christy

Jamie L. Christy, Petitioner-Appellant

Matthew Christy, Respondent-Appellee

Attorney for Appellant

Cami Eslick (until withdrawal)

Jamie Leigh Plambeck, self represented

Attorney for Appellee

Ryan J. Ellis, Nicholas A. Carda, and Tracy A. Eaton

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 18, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Warren County, Bradley McCall, Judge.  MODIFICATION REVERSED; WRIT ANNULLED IN PART AND SUSTAINED IN PART.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and May, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (13 pages)

            Jamie Plambeck appeals the district court’s order modifying the physical-care award in her divorce decree with Mathew Christy.  Jamie also appeals the district court’s findings that she is in contempt for denying Matthew’s spring break visitation with their daughter P.L.C., for refusing to allow Matthew telephone contact with P.L.C for two weeks, and for failing to communicate regarding the child’s preschool enrollment.  OPINION HOLDS: Because we find Matthew did not prove a substantial and material change in circumstances, we reverse the modification ruling.  Also, because Matthew did establish beyond a reasonable doubt that Jamie violated the decree by refusing him communication with P.L.C. and not providing timely updates on her preschool enrollment, we affirm two of the three contempt findings.   

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