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Case No. 22-0439

In the Interest of G.B., Minor Child

A.A., Mother-Appellant

L.B., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Nancy L. Pietz

Attorney for Appellant Father

Thomas G. Crabb

Attorney for Appellee State

Toby J. Gordon, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Magdalena Reese

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 25, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Warren County, Mark F. Schlenker, District Associate Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by May, P.J., and Greer and Chicchelly, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  Dissent by May, P.J.  (14 pages)

            The mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their child, G.B., born in 2015.  The mother challenges the statutory ground, claims the loss of her rights is not in the child’s best interests, and maintains the parent-child bond is so strong that termination will harm G.B.  Alternatively, she asks for six more months to reunify with G.B.  As it pertains to his parental rights, the father seems to focus on a best-interests argument and a request for more time.  OPINION HOLDS: We reverse the termination of the mother’s and the father’s parental rights; we grant each parent a six-month extension.  DISSENT ASSERTS: I would not grant either parent additional time to work toward reunification.  Because I think a statutory ground authorizing termination as to both parent is met and termination of both parents’ respective rights is in the child’s best interest, I would affirm the termination of both parents’ rights.

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