IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF EMILY ROCKSVOLD AND ANDREW ORVELLA Upon the Petition of EMILY ROCKSVOLD, Petitioner-Appellant, And Concerning ANDREW ORVELLA, Respondent-Appellee.
from the Iowa District Court for Winneshiek County, John J.
Rocksvold appeals, and Andrew Orvella cross-appeals, from the
decree dissolving their marriage.
W. Fern of Berry Law Firm, Decorah, for appellant.
Crystal L. Usher of Nazette, Marner, Nathanson & Shea,
LLP, Cedar Rapids, for appellee.
by Vogel, P.J., and Vaitheswaran and McDonald, JJ.
to a divorce decree appeal and cross-appeal from the property
distribution, spousal support, custody, visitation, and
attorney-fee provisions of the decree.
Background Facts and Proceedings
Rocksvold and Andrew Orvella married in 2011 and divorced in
2017. They had one child, born in 2012.
was thirty-nine years old at the time of trial. She obtained
a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and held various jobs
over the years. When she met Orvella, she was working for an
environmental and geotechnical consulting and engineering
firm in Minnesota as an environmental scientist. She earned
$48, 000 a year "plus quarterly bonuses based on
billable hours." The position carried health and
retirement benefits. Shortly before her marriage to Orvella,
Rocksvold resigned her position. In a letter of resignation,
she stated her decision was precipitated in part by her wish
to better support Orvella and his 2000-acre farming
operation. She testified to Orvella's assurances that he
would be able to support her, as well as her child from
another relationship, on his income of approximately $150,
the marriage, Rocksvold worked briefly in her field. At the
time of trial, she was employed as a substitute para-educator
in two local school systems.
graduated from high school in 2004 and attended a college of
business for one year. After that point, he began farming
with his father. He entered the cattle business for a year
but returned to crop farming. At the time of trial, he worked
as a truck driver.
filed the dissolution petition in 2015. Until the filing, she
served as primary caretaker of the child. After the filing,
the district court granted the parents temporary joint
physical care of the child. The court also ordered Orvella to
pay temporary spousal support of $700 per month as well as
years elapsed between Rocksvold's filing of the petition
and trial. During that period, Rocksvold filed several
motions to compel disclosure of Orvella's income and
assets. Some ...