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In re Marriage of Gust

Iowa Supreme Court
858 N.W.2d 402 (2015)


Steven Gust (plaintiff) petitioned for dissolution of his marriage with Linda Gust (defendant). The couple was married for approximately 27 years. During the marriage, Steven worked full time while Linda predominantly cared for the couple’s two children. After the couple separated, Linda held two part-time jobs. The trial court determined that Steven’s earning capacity was $92,000 and that Linda’s earning capacity was $22,500. Linda requested spousal support, and the trial court ordered Steven to pay $24,000 per year in permanent support. At the time of the award, Steven was 57 years old. The trial court did not take Steven’s future retirement into account but stated that Steven could apply for a modification of the support award upon his retirement. Steven appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Appel, J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (Wiggins, J.)

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