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In re the Marriage of Ficek
Christi Anne Ficek, Petitioner-Appellant
Lawrence Peter Ficek, Jr., Respondent-Appellee
Attorney for Appellant
John C. Wagner
Attorney for Appellee
Caitlin L. Slessor and Kerry A. Finley
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Kevin McKeever, Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Vogel and Tabor, JJ. Opinion by Vogel, J. Partial Dissent by Danilson, C.J. (9 pages)
Christi Ficek appeals from a decree dissolving her marriage to Lawrence Ficek. Christi argues the district court erred by granting the parties joint physical custody of their child and awarding Lawrence part of Christi’s retirement account and pension account. OPINION HOLDS: Because joint physical care is in the best interests of the child, we affirm the decree’s physical care arrangement. Also, because of Lawrence’s financial and nonfinancial contributions to the marriage, we affirm the district court’s property distribution. We decline to award either party appellate attorney fees and tax costs to both parties equally. PARTIAL DISSENT ASSERTS: I respectfully dissent on the issue of physical care but concur in all other respects. I would reverse in part to award Christi physical care of the minor child.