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Case No. 18-2112

In the Interest of O.C.-M., Minor Child

D.C., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Deborah L. Johnson

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Paul White

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 06, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Colin J. Witt, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Mullins, P.J., McDonald, J., and Carr, S.J.  Opinion by Carr, S.J.  (5 pages)

            The father appeals the termination of his parental rights to his child.  He argues the district court should have established a guardianship rather than terminating his parental rights because termination is not in the best interests of the child and a relative’s legal custody of the child precluded termination.  OPINION HOLDS: Due to a no-contact order that remains in effect until 2023 and the child’s need for permanency, we find termination is in the best interests of the child and there is nothing precluding termination.

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