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Case No. 21-1447

Alex Lee Noecker
McKayla Mayshell Cloyd-Hirz


Alex Lee Noecker


McKayla Mayshell Cloyd-Hirz

Attorney for the Appellant

J. Joseph Narmi

Attorney for the Appellee

Kyle E. Focht

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 25, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Kathleen Kilnoski, Judge.  AFFIRMED IN PART, REVERSED IN PART, AND MODIFIED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Badding, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (11 pages)

            Alex Noecker appeals a modification order granting sole legal custody to his child’s mother.  He also contests an award of attorney fees in favor of the mother.  OPINION HOLDS: Modification was in the child’s best interests.  But we reverse the provision delegating discretion over visitation to the child’s mother and modify to deny visitation to Alex. The attorney fee award was within the district court’s discretion.  But because the mother did not file a brief, we deny her request for attorney fees on appeal. 

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