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Case No. 23-0109

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In re the Marriage of Gast and Sullivan

Joseph Thomas Gast, Petitioner-Appellant

Shannon Mary-Chyenne Sullivan, Respondent-Appellee

Attorney for Appellant

Joseph Thomas Gast, self-represented

Attorney for Appellee

Dustin A. Baker

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 24, 2024

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dubuque County, Monica Zrinyi Ackley, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Buller and Langholz, JJ.  Opinion by Langholz, J.  (11 pages)

            Joseph Gast appeals from the decree dissolving his marriage with Shannon Sullivan, granting physical care of their daughter to Sullivan, and ordering him to pay Sullivan rehabilitative spousal support and attorney fees. OPINION HOLDS: On our de novo review, giving the district court’s decisions the deference we must, we cannot say the physical care or spousal support awards fail to do equity.  The court’s award of attorney fees was not an abuse of discretion.  We also decline to award appellate attorney fees and costs.  And Gast failed to preserve error on his due-process or recusal issues by raising them first before the district court.

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