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Case No. 19-1553

In the Interest of M.L., Minor Child

R.L., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Timothy J. Tupper

Attorney for Appellee State

Gretchen Witte Kraemer, Special Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Martha Cox

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 27, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Christine Dalton, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Tabor and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (6 pages)

            A father seeks reversal of the juvenile court’s order terminating his parental relationship with his seven-year-old son.  While the father recognizes he cannot care for the child at the present time, he argues termination is not in his best interests and the court should exercise its discretion not to terminate based on the strong bond and the child’s relative placement.  OPINION HOLDS:  After considering the upheaval in the child’s home life and the toll it has taken on him, we decline to reverse the termination order.  Prolonging uncertainty about the child’s life will likely worsen his mental-health condition, and neither of the permissive factors weigh against termination in this case.  We affirm the termination order. 

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