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In re the Marriage of Hayes
Deanne E. Hayes, Petitioner-Appellee
Eric J. Hayes, Respondent-Appellant
Attorney for Appellant
Jamie A. Splinter
Attorney for Appellee
Joey T. Hoover
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dubuque County, Monica L. Zrinyi Wittig, Judge. REVERSED AND REMANDED. Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Vogel and Tabor, JJ. Opinion by Tabor, J. (12 pages)
Eric Hayes appeals the denial of his request to modify his child and spousal support obligations, claiming the district court should have adjusted the amounts to account for changes in income, and any changes should apply retroactively. Additionally, he requests appellate attorney fees. OPINION HOLDS: Because we find Eric’s decrease in income was not self-inflicted, modification is warranted. We remand to the district court for recalculation of Eric’s child and spousal support obligations in line with the parties’ new incomes. Reductions in support will not apply retroactively. Each party is responsible for their own appellate attorney fees, and we divide appellate costs equally between the parties.