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Case No. 21-0991

In the Interest of S.S., Minor Child

L.C.-T., Mother-Petitioner-Appellee,

B.S., Father-Respondent-Appellant,

Attorney for Appellant

William T. Early

Attorney for Appellee

Stephen C. Ebke

Guardian ad Litem

David McCann

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 27, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Shelby County, Charles D. Fagan, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., Badding, J., and Gamble, S.J.  Opinion by Gamble, S.J.  (5 pages)

            A father appeals from the termination of his parental rights in a private termination action.  He claims the mother prevented him from having any contact with the child and he could not afford to pay child support.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the father did not attempt to visit the child or communicate with the child, we conclude the father’s absence from the child’s life was not the result of the mother’s interference.  The father’s failure to pay child support was not the result of good cause.  And termination is in the child’s best interest.

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