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Case No. 20-0984

In the Interest of G.D., Minor Child

R.P., Mother-Petitioner-Appellee

J.D., Father-Respondent-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Susan R. Stockdale

Attorney for Appellee

Cynthia A. Bahls

Guardian ad Litem

Lora L. McCollom

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 26, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dallas County, Virginia Cobb, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., Doyle, J., and Carr, S.J.  Opinion by Doyle, J.  (12 pages)

            A father appeals the termination of his parental rights to his child under Iowa Code section 600A.8(3)(b) (2019).  He challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting the statutory ground for termination.  He also asserts the district court erred in ordering him to pay one-half the guardian ad litem’s fees.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the district court’s ruling terminating the father’s parental rights.  We affirm the court’s ruling requiring the parties to share equally in payment of the guardian ad litem fees.

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