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Case No. 21-0823

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In re the Marriage of Peckumn

Jessica Peckumn, Petitioner-Appellee

Thomas Peckumn, Respondent-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Joel Baxter

Attorney for Appellee

Kate Simon

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 02, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Greene County, Adria Kester, Judge.  AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and May, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (10 pages)

            Thomas Peckumn appeals the physical-care and monetary provisions of his dissolution of marriage decree from Jessica Peckumn.  He contends that the equalization payment was inequitable based on a fortuitous appreciation of farm property and other minor miscalculations and that he should be awarded physical care.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the district court’s distribution was fair under the circumstances, we reject Thomas’s argument about the fortuitous appreciation of the farm property.  But we reduce the equalization payment to reflect miscalculations of the non-real estate assets and to account for taxes and advance attorney fees.  And, promoting continuity of caregiving during the marriage, we affirm the physical care award to Jessica.

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