IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF REDA G. BONNICHSEN AND CARL G. BONNICHSEN. Upon the Petition of REDA C. BONNICHSEN, Petitioner-Appellee, And Concerning CARL G. BONNICHSEN, Respondent-Appellant
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Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Muscatine County, Thomas G. Reidel, Judge. Carl Bonnichsen appeals the spousal support and property distribution provisions of the decree dissolving his marriage to Reda Bonnichsen.
Keith J. Larson and Nicholas J. Kilburg of Elderkin & Pirnie, P.L.C., Cedar Rapids, for appellant.
John E. Wunder, Muscatine, for appellee.
Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Tabor and Bower, JJ.
Carl Bonnichsen appeals the spousal support and property distribution provisions of the decree dissolving his marriage to Reda Bonnichsen. Carl contends the district court's award of spousal support to Reda and valuation and distribution of marital property are inequitable under the facts and circumstances of this case. We affirm.
I. Background Facts and Proceedings
Carl and Reda married in 2000 and divorced in 2013. No children were born during the marriage. It was Carl's second marriage and Reda's third marriage. Both had adult children from previous marriages.
Carl was fifty-two years old at the time of trial. He began working at Monsanto several months after graduating high school, and continues to maintain tat employment. Carl works a swing shift on a five-week rotation that includes some 12-hour days and occasional work on the weekends. Carl's average income was $83,817.21 per year during the four-year period prior to trial. His low year for this period was 2012 when he earned $77,740.03. Carl has high blood pressure and sleep apnea and takes an anti-depressant, none of which prevent him from being able to work.
Reda was fifty-five years old at the time of trial. She has a GED and has worked for Lutheran Homes for a total of twenty-seven years in various capacities, including a nurse's aide and a van driver. Reda currently works at Lutheran Homes as a receptionist with extended responsibilities. She earns $11.40 per hour--a little over $23,000 per year based on a forty-hour week. Reda is physically fit and healthy, although her right knee will need to be replaced at some point in the future.
The parties both brought assets into the marriage, including their homes and retirement accounts. After they married, they sold their premarital homes, purchased a lot, and hired Reda's son-in-law to build them a new home. Reda assisted with the construction by staining and clear coating wood, cleaning and clear coating the basement floor, painting walls, and landscaping the property. Carl helped with the construction as well, but not to the same extent as Reda.
During the marriage, the parties enjoyed a good standard of living. Their home mortgage was their only ...