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Case No. 18-0861

In the Matter of the Guardianship of I.P. and K.P.

R.G., Petitioner-Appellant

D.K., Respondent-Appellee

Attorney for Appellant

Melissa A. Nine

Attorney for Appellee

Scott D. Fisher

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 15, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Marshall County, James C. Ellefson, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., Mullins, J., and Gamble, S.J.  Opinion by Gamble, S.J.  (9 pages)

            A grandmother appeals the dismissal of her petitions for guardianship of her two grandchildren, arguing the establishment of guardianships is in the children’s best interests.  She also requests appellate attorney fees.  OPINION HOLDS: The grandmother did not rebut the statutory preference for parents to retain care and control of their children.  It is in the children’s best interests to deny the guardianships and permit the father to retain care and control of the children.  We decline to award appellate attorney fees.

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