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Case No. 21-0337

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

C.G., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Adam M. Stone

Attorney for Appellee Mother

Jaclyn M. Zimmerman and Brooke J. Thompson 

Attorney for Appellee State

Chandlor Collins, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Kayla Stratton

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 16, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dallas County, Virginia Cobb, District Associate Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED WITH DIRECTIONS.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Tabor and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (10 pages)

            A father appeals the district court order terminating his parental rights following a petition filed by the mother under Iowa Code chapter 232 (2019).  OPINION HOLDS: We find the district court did not have subject matter jurisdiction to consider the termination petition filed by the mother because she did not have standing to seek termination of the father’s parental rights under chapter 232.  We reverse the decision of the district court and remand with directions to dismiss the petition.

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