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Case No. 19-0679

In re the Marriage of Rife

Blake Allen Rife, Petitioner-Appellant

Jennifer Helen Rife, n/k/a Jennifer Helen Crane, Respondent-Appellee

Attorney for Appellant

Steven R. Postolka (until withdrawal) and Stephen F. Avery

Attorney for Appellee

Andrew B. Howie

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 01, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dickinson County, Nancy L. Whittenburg, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and May, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, J.  (11 pages)

            Blake Rife appeals the district court’s order overruling his petition for modification of certain provisions of his modified decree of dissolution.  OPINION HOLDS: Upon our de novo review of the record, we agree with the district court that Blake failed to prove there was a material change in circumstances to warrant modification of the parties’ previously modified visitation schedule.  We also find the district court’s determination of Blake’s annual gross income was within the range of permissible evidence presented at trial, and we will therefore not disturb it.  We find no abuse in discretion by the district court’s award of trial attorney fees to Jennifer.  Finally, we find Blake should pay to Jennifer a $5000 award of appellate attorney’s fees.  We affirm on all issues.

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