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Case No. 21-1663

In re the Marriage of Mattix

Garry Lee Mattix, Jr., Petitioner-Appellant/Cross-Appellee

Amy Nicole Mattix, Respondent-Appellee/Cross-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Billy J. Mallory and Matt O'Hollearn

Attorney for Appellee

Katie M. Naset

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 15, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Jeffrey Farrell, Judge.  REVERSED IN PART ON APPEAL; REVERSED IN PART AND MODIFIED IN PART ON CROSS-APPEAL.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Schumacher and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Bower, C.J.  (14 pages)

            Garry Mattix appeals and Amy Mattix cross-appeals the district court’s modification of the physical-care and child-support provisions of the dissolution decree.  OPINION HOLDS: We reverse the modification of physical care because Garry failed to prove the requisite change of circumstances and ability to provide superior parenting.  We modify the increased child-support obligation in light of the physical-care ruling, and we reverse the ruling requiring Garry to pay extracurricular activity expenses.  We find no abuse of discretion in the denial of retroactive child support modification.  We affirm the court’s order that Garry pay Amy’s trial attorney fees, and we order Garry to pay $7000 toward Amy’s appellate attorney fees.

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