IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF ERIKA MICHELLE OLSON AND MICHAEL ALBERT OLSON Upon the Petition of ERIKA MICHELLE OLSON, Petitioner-Appellee, And Concerning MICHAEL ALBERT OLSON, Respondent-Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Marion County, Terry R.
husband appeals from a temporary order requiring him to pay
child support, spousal support, and attorney fees.
Christopher A. Clausen of Clausen Law Office, Ames, for
S. Knutson of Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C.,
Des Moines, for appellee.
Considered by Mullins, P.J., Bower, J., and Vogel, S.J.
Olson appeals the district court order requiring him to pay
temporary child support, spousal support, and attorney fees.
We find the district court order for child and spousal
support was equitable and the court did not abuse its
discretion in ordering temporary attorney fees. We award
appellate attorney fees to Erika.
Background Facts & Proceedings
parties married in 1996. In May 2018, Erika filed for
dissolution of marriage. Erika filed for temporary custody,
visitation, and support. The parties have two children, one
of whom is still a minor. Both children and Erika are covered
under Michael's health insurance. It appears Michael
generally paid expenses for the home.
parties entered into a stipulation regarding custody, child
support pursuant to the guidelines, and physical care. They
did not agree on temporary attorney fees or spousal support,
which were submitted to the court. Michael has an annual
income of $106, 200 from a combination of employment and
veteran's income. Michael pays for the family's
health insurance. Erika earns $21, 951 per year from her
August 29, the district court entered an order on temporary
matters. In addition to the stipulated provisions on custody,
the court calculated child support, ordered the parties split
additional medical expenses for the child, and ordered
Michael to pay Erika $2000 a month in temporary spousal
support and $3000 in temporary attorney fees. The court did
not make separate findings of fact beyond the stipulation.
filed a motion to expand or enlarge the court's findings.
As a result, the court reduced the temporary spousal support
by $250-approximately the value of the health insurance
premium attributable to Erika-and required Erika to be
responsible for the loan for her vehicle. The temporary child
support and temporary attorney fee awards were confirmed.