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.
from the Iowa District Court for Dallas County, Paul R.
Golwitzer appeals the terms of the dissolution decree of her
marriage to Keith Michael Golwitzer.
R. Hinchliff and Andrew B. Howie of Shindler, Anderson,
Goplerud & Weese, PC, West Des Moines, for appellant.
Young and Matthew M. Boles of Parrish Kruidenier Dunn Boles
Gribble Gentry Brown & Bergmann LLP, Des Moines, for
by Vogel, P.J., and Vaitheswaran and McDonald, JJ.
Golwitzer appeals the spousal support and trial-attorney fee
provisions of a dissolution decree.
Background Facts and Proceedings
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.
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.
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.
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.
had certain longstanding medical conditions. The conditions
did not prevent her from holding down a full-time job.
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