IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF JULIE ANN GAYNOR AND WILLIAM JEFFREY GAYNOR Upon the Petition of JULIE ANN GAYNOR n/k/a JULIE ANN MEYER, Petitioner-Appellant, And Concerning WILLIAM JEFFREY GAYNOR, Respondent-Appellee.
from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County,
Jeffrey L. Larson, Judge.
former wife appeals an order modifying the child support and
post-secondary-education subsidy provisions of the
Ann Meyer, Oakland, self-represented appellant.
Joseph Narmi, Council Bluffs, for appellee.
Considered by Vogel, C.J., Tabor, J., and Danilson, S.J.
Meyer appeals the district court ruling on her petition to
modify the 2010 decree dissolving her marriage to William
Gaynor. Her petition, filed in June 2017, asked the court to
determine postsecondary-education subsidies for their two
children, R.G. (now age twenty) and C.G. (now age
eighteen). The court reserved jurisdiction to do so
in the decree.
November 2017, without holding a formal hearing, the district
court ordered William to pay postsecondary-education
subsidies of $1000 for R.G. and $3000 per year for C.G.'s
sophomore, junior, and senior years in college. In its
findings of fact, the court stated William agreed to those
order also included the following findings of fact:
3. The dissolution decree specifically states that child
support would end when the children reach the age of 18 or
graduate from high school.
4. All of the children were homeschooled and therefore all of
them graduated from high school before they reached the age
5. The language of the dissolution decree and Iowa law would
require that child support terminate when each of these
children graduate from high school.
6. William continued to pay child support after the children
graduated from high school and after they started their
appeal,  Julie asks us to "reassess the amount
of postsecondary education subsidy attributed to William and
modify the order to require that both parents share equally
in this responsibility." See Iowa Code §
598.21F (2017). She also argues the district court mistakenly
concluded William's child support obligation ended when
the children graduated from high school before they reached
the age of majority. She contends that conclusion in the
modification order ...