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Case No. 21-0192

In the Interest of F.W., H.W., C.W., and B.W., Minor Children

J.W., Mother-Appellant

R.W., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Bryan Webber

Attorney for Appellant Father

Bryan J. Tingle

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for Minor Children

Arielle M. Lipman

Guardian ad Litem

Aaron H. Ginkens

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 04, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Marion County, Steven Guiter, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., Schumacher, J., and Potterfield, S.J.  Opinion by Potterfield, S.J.  (11 pages)

            The mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to four of their children, born between 2007 and 2012.  The father argues termination of his rights is not in the children’s best interests and the court should apply a statutory exception to termination.  He contends that rather than terminating his parental rights, the court should have transferred sole custody of the children to the mother.  The mother challenges the statutory ground for termination, argues the loss of her rights is not in the children’s best interests, and maintains the court should have applied a statutory exception to termination.  Alternatively, she asks for an extension of time to work toward reunification or maintains a guardianship in lieu of termination is the best permanency option.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the mother’s and the father’s rights to these children. 

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