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Case No. 21-0511

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In the Interest of M.L., Minor Child

C.L., Father-Appellant

A.C., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Kevin Hobbs

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Heidi Young

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Lynn Vogan

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 16, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Romonda Belcher.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Greer, P.J. and Schumacher and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (11 pages)

            A father and mother separately appeal the district court order terminating their parental rights to their five-year-old son, M.L. Both parents challenge the statutory grounds relied on by the district court and allege termination is not in M.L.’s best interest. The parents also request a permissive exception be applied to preclude termination. The mother requests an extension of time for reunification efforts.  OPINION HOLDS:.We find termination of the parents’ parental rights supported by the evidence and termination is in the best interest of M.L.  A permissive exception should not be applied on the facts in this record. Lastly, we determine the mother’s argument for an extension of time to be unpreserved. Accordingly, we affirm the district court’s termination order.

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