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In re Marriage of Nelson

Supreme Court of Iowa
570 N.W.2d 103 (Iowa 1997)


Scott Nelson (defendant) and Jane Nelson (plaintiff) divorced in 1989. The Nelsons had two children. At the time of the divorce, Scott was in law school. The divorce decree ordered Scott to pay $137.50 per month in child support. In 1993, at Jane’s request, the trial court increased Scott’s child-support payments to $425. In 1995, Jane again petitioned for a modification of Scott’s child-support payments. Jane presented evidence that Scott’s income had increased from $15,000 in 1991 to $38,524 in 1994. Scott argued that he had to make car payments and law-school loan payments and could not afford increased child-support payments. Scott stated that his monthly expenses, including $425 in child-support payments, totaled $2,150 and that his net monthly income totaled $1,846. The trial court increased Scott’s monthly child-support payment to $695. Scott appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Harris, J.)

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