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Case No. 20-1610

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In re the Marriage of Nelson

Julie M. Nelson, Petitioner-Appellee

Michael D. Nelson, Respondent-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Amanda Hassid

Attorney for Appellee

Jessica Shannon

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 20, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Story County, James C. Ellefson, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., Greer, J., and Carr, S.J.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (12 pages)

            Mick Nelson appeals the district court’s denial of a retroactive reduction in his child support obligation to Julie Nelson contending the “step-down” provision of the decree is “self-executing.”  He also contests the order that he pay a portion of his youngest child’s uncovered orthodontia expenses.  OPINION HOLDS: We find the order was not “self-executing,” and Mick owes Julie unpaid child support.  He also owes her for his portion of the orthodontia expenses.  We also grant attorney fees to Julie in the amount of $8000. 

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