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Case No. 22-0331

In the Interest of C.M. and J.M., Minor Children

A.M., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Melissa A. Nine

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Deborah M. Skelton

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 27, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Tama County, Casey D. Jones, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., Ahlers, J., and Potterfield, S.J.  Opinion by Potterfield, S.J.  (13 pages)

            The juvenile court terminated the mother’s parental rights to two of her children, C.M. and J.M., under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(d), (f), and (l) (2021).  On appeal, the mother argues the juvenile court wrongly denied her motions to continue the termination trial.  Alternatively, she argues termination of her rights is not in the children’s best interests and a permissive factor weighs against termination.  OPINION HOLDS: The court neither abused its discretion nor violated the mother’s right to due process when it denied her motions to continue.  Termination is in the children’s best interests, and the mother did not establish a permissive factor to prevent termination.  We affirm.

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