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Case No. 20-1721

Joseph Kocinski
v.
Heather L. Christiansen n/k/a Heath L. Soyer

Appellant

Joseph Kocinski

Appellee

Heather L. Christiansen n/k/a Heath L. Soyer

Attorneys for Appellant

Andrew B. Howie

Attorneys for Appellee

Stacey N. Warren

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
20-1721
Date Published:
Nov 03, 2021
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dallas County, Richard B. Clogg, Judge.  AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (15 pages)

            Joseph Kocinski appeals a district court ruling that modified the existing custodial arrangements and physical care provisions relating to a child he shares with Heather Soyer, f/k/a Heather Christiansen.  He also appeals the trial court’s award of attorney fees to Heather.  Both Heather and Joseph request appellate attorney fees.  OPINION HOLDS: On our de novo review, we find the court properly granted Heather physical care of C.B.K.  We modify to clarify the award of legal custody by the district court.  We determine the court did not abuse its discretion in its award of attorney fees and we determine neither party is entitled to an award of appellate attorney fees.  Accordingly, we affirm as modified.   

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