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Case No. 19-0147

In re the Marriage of Kohorst

Randy Lynn Kohorst, Petitioner-Appellant

Michelle Ann Kohorst, Respondent-Appellee

Attorney for Appellant

John J. Wood and Kate B. Mitchell

Attorney for Appellee

Ryan J. Baumgartner

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 05, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Carroll County, William C. Ostlund, Judge.  AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED.  Heard by Bower, C.J., and May and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (14 pages)

            Randy Kohorst appeals the district court’s dissolution order, arguing the court erred by (1) granting Michelle Kohorst a life estate in a lakefront property he purchased before the marriage and (2) awarding her traditional, monthly spousal support.  OPINION HOLDS: We conclude the plain language of the premarital agreement grants Michelle a life estate in the property.  We modify the district court decree to require Michelle to pay the expenses related to the property, including insurance on the property’s contents.  We also affirm the spousal support award and award Michelle appellate attorney fees. 

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