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Case No. 20-1311

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In re the Marriage of Crane

Kenneth Ray Crane, Petitioner-Appellant/Cross Appellee

Jerrilyn Jean Crane, Respondent-Appellee/Cross-Appellant

Attorney for Petitioner-Appellant

Stephen James Babe

Attorney for Respondent-Appellee

Kevin Rigdon

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 01, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Clayton County, Alan T. Heavens, Judge.  WRIT ANNULLED; AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Greer and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (13 pages)

            The district court modified the spousal-support provision of Kenneth and Jerrilyn Crane’s dissolution decree by terminating Kenneth’s obligation to pay Jerrrilyn spousal support.  Both parties appeal.  Kenneth argues the court should have made the termination retroactive to the date of his filing for modification, while Jerrilyn argues Kenneth failed to prove a substantial change in circumstances so the obligation should not have been changed.  Additionally, on writ of certiorari, Kenneth challenges the district court’s finding him in contempt.  Each party requests appellate attorney fees.  OPINION HOLDS: We annul the writ and affirm the district court ruling as to all issues appealed.  We decline the invitation to award appellate attorney fees.

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