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Case No. 20-1045

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

M.P., Mother-Appellant

S.M., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Cole J. Mayer

Attorney for Appellant Father

Tyler Phelan

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Karl Wolle

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
20-1045
Date Published:
Nov 30, 2020
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Kimberly Ayotte, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, J.  (5 pages)

            A father and mother separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to two children.  The father contends (1) the juvenile court should have placed the children in a guardianship; (2) termination was not in the children’s best interests; and (3) the juvenile court should have invoked an exception to termination.  The mother contends: (1) her due process rights were violated when the juvenile court denied her request for an in-person termination hearing; (2) the State failed to prove the grounds for termination cited by the juvenile court; (3) termination was not in the children’s best interests; (4) she should have been granted a six-month extension; and (5) the juvenile court should have invoked an exception to termination.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the parents’ rights to the children.

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