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In re Marriage of Wagner, 2/24/16
February 2, 2017

The economic provisions of the decree dissolving the wife’s marriage to the husband was proper because the decree achieved equity between the parties. The husband was intended to be the sole recipient of the gifted assets under Iowa Code § 598.21(5) based on testimony of the husband’s father, and the fact that the legal documents did not contain the wife’s name. Under § 598.21(6) (2013), the wife did not contribute to the care, preservation, or improvement of the gifted properties, and she did not have any special needs. The district court acted within its discretion in declining the wife’s request for trial attorney fees because, although the husband’s earned income was higher than the wife’s, the record disclosed that she had sufficient cash at the time of trial to pay her own fees. The lower court’s judgment was affirmed.