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Case No. 21-1863

In the Interest of the Estate of Douglas Allan Archibald, Deceased.


Heather Ellen Whitman, Petitioner-Appellant

Jennifer Susan Archibald, Respondent-Appellee

Attorney for Appellant

Peter C. Riley

Attorney for Appellee

M. Victoria Cole

Supreme Court

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Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 08, 2023

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Mary E. Chicchelly, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Ahlers and Buller, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  Chicchelly, J., takes no part.  (5 pages)

            Heather Whitman appeals from a district court ruling on her petition for declaratory judgment seeking to establish a common law marriage to Douglas Archibald.  OPINION HOLDS: On our de novo review, we agree with the district court that Whitman and Archibald did not have a common law marriage.  Accordingly, the district court acted equitably in denying Whitman’s motion for summary judgment.

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