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Case No. 20-0679

In re the Marriage of Lydolph

Diann Lydolph, Petitioner-Appellee

Craig Lydolph, Respondent-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Craig Lydolph, self-represented

Attorney for Appellee

Bryan J. Goldsmith and Carly M. Schomaker

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 16, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Van Buren County, Shawn Showers, Judge.  ORDER AFFIRMED; REMANDED FOR ADDITIONAL FINDINGS.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Tabor and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (12 pages)

            Craig Lydolph appeals an order granting Diann Lydolph’s request to modify the physical-care and child-support provisions in the divorce decree.  He argues the district court erred in finding a substantial change in circumstances warranted modification and awarding physical care of their three children to Diann.  OPINION HOLDS: Because Diann’s move to Missouri constitutes a substantial change in circumstances not contemplated when the decree was entered and she has been the children’s primary caregiver ever since, we affirm the award of physical care to Diann.  Further, we uphold the child support obligation under the modified decree.  As for the cash medical support order, we remand for the district court to allow Craig to offer proof of his health insurance plan to see if the payment is necessary.  Finally, we grant Diann’s request for appellate attorney fees. 

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