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Case No. 18-1929

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In re the Marriage of Tribolet

Jonathan Patrick Tribolet, Petitioner-Appellee

Lisa Diana Tribolet n/k/a Lisa Diana Hitch, Respondent-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Andrew J. Zimmerman

Attorney for Appellee

Rodney K. Maharry

Jami J. Hagemeier

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 11, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Taylor County, Patrick W. Greenwood, Judge.  AFFIRMED AND REMANDED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (14 pages)

            A former wife, Lisa, appeals the district court’s grant of the former husband, Jonathan’s, petition to modify the custody provisions of their dissolution decree.  The district court order split care, giving Lisa physical care of their older son and Jonathan physical care of the younger son.  Lisa challenges this arrangement and argues both children would do better in her physical care.  OPINION HOLDS:  The court’s modification is in the best interests of the children.  There are strong and compelling reasons here to split custody between both parents.  We affirm the physical care order but remand for the district court to enter an order on appellate attorney fees for Jonathan. 

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