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In re the Marriage of Drake
Chad E. Drake, Petitioner-Appellant
Laura A. Drake, Respondent-Appellee
Attorney for Appellant
Karen A. Taylor
Attorney for Appellee
Lisa M. Noble
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Ringgold County, Thomas P. Murphy, Judge. AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED AND REMANDED WITH INSTRUCTIONS. Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Doyle and Bower, JJ. Opinion by Doyle, J. (12 pages)
Chad Drake appeals the district court’s decree dissolving his marriage to Laura Drake. OPINION HOLDS: Upon our de novo review, we conclude Chad’s farm expenses should have been deducted from his farm income for purposes of calculating his child support obligation, and we find his farm operation’s annual income was $3100. Additionally, we affirm, as modified, the equalization payment ordered by the district court. Accordingly, we affirm as modified the district court’s award of the equalization payment to Laura, and we remand the case back to the district court for recalculation of Chad’s child support obligation using the lesser farm-income figure. We affirm the decree in all other respects.