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Case No. 19-0285

In re the Marriage of Darrah

Robert Scott Darrah, Petitioner-Appellant

Jan Renee Darrah, Respondent-Appellee

Attorney for Appellant

Andrew B. Howie

Attorney for Appellee

J. Joseph Narmi

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jul 22, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Kathleen A. Kilnoski, Judge.  AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED.  Heard by Tabor, P.J., and May and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by May, J.  (12 pages)

            Robert (Scott) and Jan Darrah appeal and cross-appeal, respectively, from the decree dissolving their marriage.  OPINION HOLDS: Jan did not dissipate assets when she spent funds designated as temporary spousal and child support for everyday expenses.  The district court properly valued household items.  The district court did not abuse its discretion in awarding the parties joint ownership of their children’s life insurance policies.  The parties agree there should be a deadline set for payment of an account value.  So we order Scott to pay the $81,612 within ninety days of the issuance of procedendo.  The spousal support award is equitable.  So we will not disturb it.  And we award Jan $4000 in appellate attorney fees.

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