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Case No. 19-2136

In re the Marriage of Sikyta

Adriana Sikyta, Petitioner-Appellee

Jason Sikyta, Respondent-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Jessica A. Millage

Attorney for Appellee

Dani L. Eisentrager

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
19-2136
Date Published:
Apr 28, 2021
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Wright County, DeDra Schroeder, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Mullins, P.J., and May and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  Partial Dissent by Mullins, P.J.  (18 pages)

            Jason Sikyta appeals the decree dissolving his marriage to Adriana Sikyta.  He argues the court’s award of spousal support in his favor is inadequate, the property distribution is inequitable, and the court erred in awarding Adriana the dependency deductions for the parties’ two minor children.  He also asserts the district court should have required that Adriana refinance the mortgage on the marital home.  Both parties request an award of appellate attorney fees.  OPINION HOLDS: Finding no failure to do equity, we affirm the district court’s decree.  Both parties’ requests for appellate attorney fees is denied, and costs on appeal are assessed to Adriana.  PARTIAL DISSENT ASSERTS: I concur with the majority on all issues except the amount and duration of the spousal support award.  In my view, under these facts, and considering the statutory factors governing spousal support awards, equity requires more than ordered by the district court and affirmed by the majority.

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