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Case No. 23-0593

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Austin Patrick Shephard
Breck Christina Briley


Austin Patrick Shephard


Breck Christina Briley

Attorney for the Appellee

Andrew B. Howie

Attorney for the Appellant

Robb D. Goedicke

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 07, 2024

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Robert B. Hanson, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Schumacher and Langholz, JJ.  Opinion by Langholz, J.  (8 pages)

            Breck Briley appeals from an order modifying the placement of the parties’ only child from her physical care to the care of the child’s father, Austin Shepherd.  She also tries to appeal an award of trial attorney fees, and Shepherd requests appellate attorney fees.  OPINION HOLDS: Giving the district court’s factual findings the weight they deserve, we agree that placing the child with Shepherd is in the child’s best interests—particularly his interest in being supported to have a relationship with both parents.  Briley’s attempted challenge to the attorney-fee award is not properly before us because the district court did not make a final attorney-fee award in the only order that Briley appealed.  And we decline Shepherd’s request for appellate attorney fees.

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