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Case No. 20-0347

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

Y.T., Mother-Petitioner-Appellant

K.K., Father-Respondent-Appellee

Attorney for Appellant

Beau A. Bergmann

Attorney for Appellee

Sally Frank

Guardian ad Litem

Steven Giebelhausen

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
20-0347
Date Published:
Oct 07, 2020
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Henry County, Clinton R. Boddicker, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and May and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Ahlers, J.  (9 pages)

            A mother appeals the juvenile court order denying her petition to terminate a father’s parental rights to three minor children.  On appeal, the mother (1) objects to the juvenile court’s ruling admitting various exhibits offered by the father and (2) argues the father abandoned the children within the meaning of Iowa Code section 600A.8 (2019) because the father failed to maintain contact with the children.  OPINION HOLDS: The juvenile court did not abuse its discretion in admitting the exhibits.  The mother prevented the father from visiting or maintaining contact with the children.  Therefore, she failed to meet her burden to prove the father abandoned the children within the meaning of Iowa Code section 600A.8(3).  We affirm.

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