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Case No. 18-0015

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In the Interest of R.S. and L.S., Minor Children

D.P., Mother-Petitioner-Appellant

Z.S., Father-Respondent-Appellee

Attorney for Appellant

Alyssa A. Kenville

Attorney for Appellee

Chira L. Corwin

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 10, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Sac County, Joseph B. McCarville, District Associate Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED WITH INSTRUCTIONS.  Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Vogel and Tabor, JJ.  Opinion by Danilson, C.J.  (16 pages)

            A mother appeals from the district court order denying her petition to terminate the parental rights of the father their two children.  OPINION HOLDS: Because there is clear and convincing evidence the father abandoned his children, as that term is used in Iowa Code sections 600A.2(19) and 600A.8(3)(b) (2017); because the mother did not prevent the father from visiting or communicating with the children; and because termination is in the children’s best interests, we reverse the district court and remand with instructions to enter an order terminating the father’s parental rights.

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