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In the Interest of C.M. and J.M., Minor Children
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Melissa A. Nine
Attorney for Appellee State
Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad Litem
Deborah M. Skelton
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Tama County, Casey D. Jones, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Tabor, P.J., Ahlers, J., and Potterfield, S.J. Opinion by Potterfield, S.J. (13 pages)
The juvenile court terminated the mother’s parental rights to two of her children, C.M. and J.M., under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(d), (f), and (l) (2021). On appeal, the mother argues the juvenile court wrongly denied her motions to continue the termination trial. Alternatively, she argues termination of her rights is not in the children’s best interests and a permissive factor weighs against termination. OPINION HOLDS: The court neither abused its discretion nor violated the mother’s right to due process when it denied her motions to continue. Termination is in the children’s best interests, and the mother did not establish a permissive factor to prevent termination. We affirm.