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Case No. 19-1268

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In re the Marriage of Wheeler

Tad Wheeler, Petitioner-Appellant/Cross-Appellee

Verna Wheeler, Respondent-Appellee/Cross-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Danni J. Harris

Attorney for Appellee

Heather M. Simplot

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jul 22, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Wapello County, Crystal S. Cronk, Judge.  AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and May and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (15 pages)

            Tad Wheeler appeals from the decree dissolving his marriage to Verna Wheeler.  Tad challenges the district court’s property division, the determination of his income for purposes of the child-support obligation, and the award of attorney fees to Verna.  He asks us to order Verna to pay his appellate attorney fees of $27,775.  On cross-appeal, Verna challenges the division of property and the resulting equalization payment and asks for appellate attorney fees of $10,125.  OPINION HOLDS: We agree with the district court’s finding that Tad’s income for the purpose of child support is $119,882.  We reduce the equalization payment Tad is required to make to Verna to $281,539.86.  Tad is still required to pay the equalization payment at the rate of $5000 per month or may choose to prepay the obligation.  We affirm the district court’s award of attorney fees to Verna in the amount of $6000 and order Tad to pay $5000 of Verna’s appellate attorney fees.

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