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Case No. 18-1959

In the Interest of A.K., Minor Child

J.T., Mother-Appellant

J.K., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

John J. Sullivan

Attorney for Appellant Father

Cory R. Gonzales

Attorney for Appellee State

Anagha Dixit, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Kimberly S. Lange

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 23, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Clayton County, Linnea M.N. Nicol, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (7 pages)

            A mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2018), arguing the State failed to prove the child could not be returned home and termination was not in the child’s best interests because of the close parent-child relationship.  OPINION HOLDS: Finding clear-and-convincing proof the child could not be returned to the home at the time of termination and the closeness of the parent-child relationships does not weigh against termination, we affirm. 

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