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In re the Marriage of Balik
David Charles Balik, Petitioner-Appellee
Deborah Mary Balik, Respondent-Appellant
Attorney for Appellant
Karen A. Volz
Attorney for Appellee
Crystal L. Usher
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Paul D. Miller, Judge. AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED. Heard by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Potterfield and Tabor, JJ. Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J. (7 pages)
Deborah Balik appeals the economic provisions of the decree dissolving her marriage to David Balik. She contends (1) the district court inequitably divided their assets; (2) she should have been awarded spousal support; and (3) David should have been ordered to pay her trial attorney fees. She also seeks an award of appellate attorney fees. OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the dissolution decree in all respects except we modify the property division portion of the decree to award Deborah an additional $59,216, payable within 180 days after procedendo in this appeal issues. We further modify the spousal support provision to grant Deborah $500 per month in spousal support until she becomes eligible for Medicare benefits. We order David to pay $3500 towards Deborah’s appellate attorney fee obligation.