IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF AMANDA RENAE OLSON AND BRIAN ALAN OLSON Upon the Petition of AMANDA RENAE OLSON, n/k/a AMANDA RENAE REESE, Petitioner-Appellant, And Concerning BRIAN ALAN OLSON, Respondent-Appellee.
from the Iowa District Court for Pocahontas County, Kurt L.
petitioner appeals the district court's denial of her
application to modify the parties' dissolution decree.
H. Skilton of Cronin, Skilton & Skilton, PLLC, Charles
City, for appellant.
Gregory J. Siemann of Green, Siemann & Greteman PLC,
Carroll, for appellee.
by Vogel, P.J., Tabor, J., and Blane, S.J. [*]
Reese asked the court to modify the physical-care and
child-support provisions of the decree dissolving her
marriage to Brian Olson. Amanda's petition alleged a
substantial change in circumstances regarding the care and
well-being of the children and a failure to communicate as
changes since the entry of the decree. The district court
denied Amanda's petition. Because Amanda did not
establish a basis for modification, we affirm.
Background Facts and Proceedings
and Amanda were married on August 16, 2003. The marriage
produced three children, born in 2004, 2008, and 2011.
February 2016, the parties filed a joint stipulation and
property settlement that the court approved and incorporated
into the decree. The parties agreed they would have joint
legal custody and joint physical care of the children. Brian
agreed to pay child support of $500 per month for the three
children and to maintain paying insurance premiums for them.
November 10, 2016, Amanda filed a petition requesting
modification of the physical-care and child-support
provisions of the dissolution decree. She claimed there had
been a substantial change in circumstances regarding the care
and well-being of the children and a failure to communicate
with Brian. Brian responded by denying Amanda's claims
and asserting there had been no material change in
circumstances as the parties had been able to communicate
hearing was held on June 28, June 29, and July 26, 2017. As
to parenting authority, Amanda testified she was undermined
by Brian buying things for the children, such as cell phones,
to keep them quiet and to alienate them from her. Brian
testified that despite some parenting differences, he and
Amanda communicated well and Amanda also communicated well
with Katie Olson, the children's former babysitter and
Brian's new wife.
district court denied the request to modify the physical care
and child support provisions of the dissolution decree.