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Case No. 17-0805

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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

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 15, 2018


            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.

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