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Case No. 21-1970

In the Interest of G.L., Minor Child

D.L., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Barbara O. Hoffman

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Erin Mayfield

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 30, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Brent Pattison, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Greer and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (9 pages)

            A father appeals the termination of his parental rights.  He argues he should have been granted a six-month extension, the court should have created a guardianship, and that the court should have invoked a statutory exception to termination because the child was in the custody of a family member.  OPINION HOLDS: The father did not prove reunification would be possible after an additional six months.  A guardianship is not in the child’s best interests.  The father did not preserve error on the statutory exception.

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