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Case No. 20-0399

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In re the Marriage of Olson

Erika Michelle Olson, Petitioner-Appellee/Cross-Appellant

Michael Albert Olson, Respondent-Appellant/Cross-Appellee

Attorney for Appellant

Andrew B. Howie

Attorney for Appellee

Becky S. Knutson

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 12, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Marion County, Thomas P. Murphy, Judge.  AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED ON APPEAL; AFFIRMED ON CROSS-APPEAL.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Tabor and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Ahlers, J.  (12 pages)

            Michael Olson appeals and Erika Olson cross-appeals from the decree dissolving their marriage.  OPINION HOLDS: We modify Michael’s spousal support obligation to Erika to be $1750.00 per month, continuing at that amount after Michael’s child support obligation ends, and terminating upon the earliest of Erika’s remarriage or the death of either party.  We also modify the apportionment of uncovered medical expenses to reflect the parties’ net incomes.  We reject both parties’ claims the district court abused its discretion in ordering Michael to pay a portion of Erika’s trial attorney fees.  We find Michael should pay seventy percent of Erika’s appellate attorney fees. 

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