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Case No. 18-0196

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In re Marriage of Rocksvold and Orvella

Emily Rocksvold, Petitioner-Appellant

Andrew Orvella, Respondent-Appellee

Attorney for Appellant

Erik W. Fern

Attorney for Appellee

Crystal L. Usher

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 05, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Winneshiek County, John J. Bauercamper, Judge.  AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED ON APPEAL; AFFIRMED ON CROSS APPEAL.  Heard by Vogel, P.J., and Vaitheswaran and McDonald, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, J.  (9 pages)

            Parties to a divorce decree appeal and cross-appeal from the property distribution, spousal support, custody, visitation, and attorney-fee provisions of the decree.  OPINION HOLDS: We modify the dissolution decree to (1) provide that Orvella shall pay Rocksvold $55,580 as a cash property settlement; (2) grant Rocksvold’s reasonable request for rehabilitative alimony in the amount of $1500 per month for three years; and (3) provide that Orvella shall pay the entirety of Rocksvold’s trial attorney-fee bill, totaling $16,214.22.  We affirm the district court’s decision to grant Rocksvold physical care of the child and decline to award Orvella extraordinary visitation rights.  We grant Rocksvold’s request for appellate attorney fees and order Orvella to pay her $3500 toward the obligation.

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