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In re Marriage of Francis

Supreme Court of Iowa
442 N.W.2d 59 (1989)


Facts

Prior to beginning medical school, Mr. Francis (plaintiff) proposed to Ms. Francis (defendant). While in medical school, Ms. Francis operated a day care from the marital residence, foregoing her career to support Mr. Francis. After being married for six years, Mr. Francis filed for divorce. The trial court awarded Ms. Francis $100,000, accounting for Mr. Francis’ future earning capacity resulting from his medical degree. Mr. Francis petitioned for certiorari to the Supreme Court of Iowa.

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