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Case No. 19-0915

In the Interest of G.H. and R.H., Minor Children

N.H., Mother-Petitioner-Appellee

J.H., Father-Respondent-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Joel E. Fenton (until withdrawal)

Amanda Demichelis

Attorney for Appellee

David L. Jungmann

Guardian ad Litem

Kara L. McClure

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 02, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Adams County, Dustria A. Relph, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (10 pages)

            A father appeals the termination of his parental rights to two children under Iowa Code chapter 600A (2019).  The father does not deny his failure to live up to his financial obligation to his children but instead claims good cause.  OPINION HOLDS: Because we find no merit in his claim that lack of employment and mental-health disorders prevented him from paying child support, we find clear and convincing evidence that Jeffrey failed to provide financial support without good cause.  And it was in the children’s best interests to terminate his parental rights.

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