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Case No. 21-1655

In the Interest of S.M., Minor Child

D.M., Petitioner-Appellee

L.D., Respondent-Appellant


L.D., Petitioner-Appellant


D.M. and S.B., Respondents-Appellees

Attorney for Appellant

Sarah A. Reindl

Attorney for Appellee D.M.

Megan R. Rosenberg

Attorney for Appellee S.B.

Vanessa L. Arzberger

Guardian ad Litem

Mark A. Milder

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 15, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Cerro Gordo County, Colleen D. Weiland, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Badding, JJ.  Opinion by Badding, J.  (12 pages)

            In this consolidated appeal, a biological father appeals the termination of his parental rights and dismissal of his petition to overcome the paternity of an established father.  OPINION HOLDS: On our review of the record, we find the established father proved by clear and convincing evidence that the biological father abandoned the child pursuant to Iowa Code section 600A.8(3)(b) and that it is in her best interests to terminate his parental rights.  We further find that the biological father’s petition to overcome paternity should be dismissed pursuant to section 600B.41A(6)(a). 

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