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Case No. 18-1027

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In re the Marriage of Pontier

Matthew T. Pontier, Petitioner-Appellant

Jessica L. Pontier, Respondent-Appellee

Attorney for Appellant

Andrew B. Howie

Attorney for Appellee

David Brick

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 06, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Warren County, Richard B. Clogg, Judge.  AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED AND REMANDED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Potterfield and Tabor, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (8 pages)

            Matthew Pontier appeals several provisions of the decree dissolving his marriage to Jessica Pontier: (1) the spousal support provision; (2) the parenting schedule associated with the court’s award of joint physical care of their three children; (3) a child support award of $350 per month; and (4) a provision requiring him to pay Jessica’s portion of a custody-evaluation fee.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm on all issues, but we modify that portion of the dissolution decree ordering child support of $350 and remand for recalculation of child support with the spousal support added and deducted as prescribed by Iowa Court Rule 9.5(1)(a)(1).  On remand, the court should also determine the appropriate amount of appellate attorney fees.

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