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Case No. 19-1293

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

I.M., Mother-Appellant

C.M., Father of M.M.-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Lori J. Kolpin

Attorney for Appellant Father

T. Cody Farrens

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Lisa K. Mazurek

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 06, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Buena Vista County, Mary L. Timko, Associate Juvenile Judge.  REVERSED ON BOTH APPEALS AND REMANDED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., Greer, J., and Blane, S.J.  Opinion by Blane, S.J.  Dissent by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (10 pages)

            Mother of two of the children and father of one appeal the termination of their parental rights and contend that the juvenile court should have granted their requests for a six-month extension under Iowa Code section 232.104(2)(b) (2019) and not ordered termination.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the parents were making positive efforts to change behavior which was the basis for removal, the juvenile court should have granted the extension.  DISSENT ASSERTS: I would affirm the juvenile court’s denial of six additional months to work toward reunification and the termination of parental rights to the children.

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