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Case No. 20-0932

Quawim I. Gates
Shunte N. Johnson


Quawim I. Gates


Shunte N. Johnson

Attorney for the Appellee

Ryan D. Gerling

Attorney for the Appellant

Timothy B. Liechty

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 18, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Des Moines County, Wyatt Peterson, Judge.  AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED ON APPEAL; AFFIRMED ON CROSS-APPEAL; AND REMANDED WITH DIRECTIONS.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Tabor and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (11 pages)

            A mother appeals a decree awarding physical care of her daughter to the child’s father.  OPINION HOLDS: The father refused to allow contact between the mother and her child for three years.  We find the father did so without just cause, so granting him physical care was not in the child’s best interests.  We modify the decree to place physical care with the mother.  We affirm the award of trial attorney fees.  And we award the mother reasonable appellate attorney fees.  We remand to allow a determination of those fees, issuance of a new visitation schedule, and for the recalculation of child support. 

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