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Case No. 20-0266

In re the Marriage of Ferris

Christi Ann Ferris, Petitioner-Appellee/Cross-Appellant

Joel David Ferris, Respondent-Appellant/Cross-Appellee

Attorney for Appellant

Chase Cartee

Attorney for Appellee

M. Leanne Tyler

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 30, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Mary E. Howes, Judge.  AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Mullins and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J.  (12 pages)

            Joel Ferris appeals and Christi Ferris cross-appeals the decree dissolving their marriage.  Joel argues that the district court erred in awarding physical care of the couple’s children to Christi and that she engaged in parental alienation.  On cross-appeal, Christi takes issue with several aspects of the district court’s property division and requests appellate attorney fees.  OPINION HOLDS: On our de novo review, we affirm the district court’s custody determination.  We modify distribution of Fidelity accounts numbered 478 and 059 and the vehicle debts.  We also modify distribution of the marital assets to provide application of the Benson formula to the pension plans, and we modify the decree by correcting the scrivener’s error used in the calculation of the value of the Barry County, Michigan property.  We decline to award appellate attorney fees.

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