In re Marriage of Stewart

356 N.W.2d 611 (1984)

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In re Marriage of Stewart

Iowa Court of Appeals
356 N.W.2d 611 (1984)

Facts

In 1977, Joan Stewart (plaintiff) and Jay Stewart (defendant) married. During the beginning of the marriage, Jay was in school for veterinary medicine and Joan provided most of the financial support, obtaining work with her college degree. The Stewarts purchased a home with the help of both their parents, and Jay received financial support from his family while he was attending school. At some point during the marriage, Jay gave a dog to Joan as a Christmas present. However, Jay spent more time with the dog than did Joan and often brought the dog to his place of work. The Stewarts’ marriage later deteriorated, and they obtained a divorce decree. The trial judge overseeing the marriage-dissolution proceeding entered a judgment concerning the equitable distribution of the couple’s property based on the Stewarts’ education and finances. Jay was awarded possession of the dog. Joan appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Sackett, J.)

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