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In re Marriage of Golwitzer

Court of Appeals of Iowa

November 7, 2018

IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF STEPHANIE L. GOLWITZER AND KEITH M. GOLWITZER Upon the Petition of STEPHANIE L. GOLWITZER, Petitioner-Appellant, And Concerning KEITH M. GOLWITZER, Respondent-Appellee.

          Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dallas County, Paul R. Huscher, Judge.

         Stephanie Golwitzer appeals the terms of the dissolution decree of her marriage to Keith Michael Golwitzer.

          James R. Hinchliff and Andrew B. Howie of Shindler, Anderson, Goplerud & Weese, PC, West Des Moines, for appellant.

          Heidi Young and Matthew M. Boles of Parrish Kruidenier Dunn Boles Gribble Gentry Brown & Bergmann LLP, Des Moines, for appellee.

          Heard by Vogel, P.J., and Vaitheswaran and McDonald, JJ.

          VAITHESWARAN, Judge.

         Stephanie Golwitzer appeals the spousal support and trial-attorney fee provisions of a dissolution decree.

         I. Background Facts and Proceedings

         Stephanie and Keith Michael Golwitzer (Mike) married in 1994 and divorced in 2017. They had two children, one nineteen and one seventeen at the time of trial. Custody of the younger child was not contested.

         Mike was forty-seven years old at the time of trial. He graduated from high school and completed a nine-month automotive trade program, after which he began working as a service technician. He advanced quickly and, by the time of trial, was general manager of a vehicle sales and service company, earning approximately $318, 000 per year. He had no significant health problems.

         Stephanie was also forty-seven years old and had a high school diploma. She began taking community college courses but quit when she was offered employment as a manager at a local sports facility. When the children were young, she spoke to Mike about going back to school. According to Stephanie, he told her "it was too expensive." At the time of trial, she had no plans of furthering her education.

         Stephanie held several jobs during the marriage. Most recently, she worked full-time for a grocery distribution center, earning $15 per hour. She expected to make a little over $35, 000 per year in that position. The year before trial, she earned $15, 413 annually as an associate at the school the children attended. She held that position for ten years.

         Stephanie had certain longstanding medical conditions. The conditions did not prevent her from holding down a full-time job.

         The district court ordered Mike to pay Stephanie "spousal support in the amount of $3500 per month . . . until [Stephanie] attains the age of 60, remarries, or the death of either party, whichever event occurs first." The court also ordered him to pay "$10, 000 for her attorney fees." ...


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