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Case No. 18-1724

In re the Marriage of Drake

Chad E. Drake, Petitioner-Appellant

Laura A. Drake, Respondent-Appellee

Attorney for Appellant

Karen A. Taylor

Attorney for Appellee

Lisa M. Noble

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jul 03, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Ringgold County, Thomas P. Murphy, Judge.  AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED AND REMANDED WITH INSTRUCTIONS.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Doyle and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, J.  (12 pages)

            Chad Drake appeals the district court’s decree dissolving his marriage to Laura Drake.  OPINION HOLDS: Upon our de novo review, we conclude Chad’s farm expenses should have been deducted from his farm income for purposes of calculating his child support obligation, and we find his farm operation’s annual income was $3100.  Additionally, we affirm, as modified, the equalization payment ordered by the district court.  Accordingly, we affirm as modified the district court’s award of the equalization payment to Laura, and we remand the case back to the district court for recalculation of Chad’s child support obligation using the lesser farm-income figure.  We affirm the decree in all other respects.

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