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In re the Marriage of Haidar
Mohammad M. Haidar, Petitioner-Appellee
Patricia A. Haidar, Respondent-Appellant
Attorney for Appellant
Jacob van Cleaf
Attorney for Appellee
James R. Hinchliff
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Jeanie K. Vaudt, Judge. AFFIRMED IN PART, REVERSED IN PART, AND REMANDED. Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Bower and McDonald, JJ. Opinion by McDonald, J. (8 pages)
Patricia Haidar appeals the entry of default judgment in her dissolution proceeding. OPINION HOLDS: The entry of default judgement was not proper because Patricia's counsel was present for trial and prepared to proceed without Patricia's physical presence, and Patricia's presence was not reasonably necessary to resolve the disputes at issue. The portion of the judgment dissolving the marriage is affirmed, and the remainder is vacated and remanded to the district court for substantive consideration.