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In re T.M.

Court of Appeals of Iowa

October 11, 2017

IN THE INTEREST OF T.M. and C.M., Minor Children, B.W., Mother, Pettioner-Appellee, T.M., Father, Respondent-Appellant.

         Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Cerro Gordo County, Gregg R. Rosenbladt, Judge.

         A father appeals the termination of his parental rights. AFFIRMED.

          Amy M. Moore of Mid-Iowa Mediation & Law, P.L.L.C., Ames, for appellant.

          Richard N. Tompkins Jr. of Tompkins Law Office, Mason City, for appellee.

          William T. Morrison of Morrison Law Firm, P.C., Mason City, guardian ad litem for minor children.

          Danilson, C.J., and Tabor and McDonald, JJ.

          DANILSON, Chief Judge.

         A father appeals the termination of his parental rights to T.M. and C.M.[1]Because there is clear and convincing evidence the father abandoned his children, as that term is used in Iowa Code sections 600A.2(19) and 600A.8(3)(b), and because termination is in the children's best interests, we affirm.

         We review termination proceedings under chapter 600A de novo. In re C.A.V., 787 N.W.2d 96, 99 (Iowa Ct. App. 2010). "We give deference to the factual findings of the juvenile court, especially those relating to witness credibility, but we are not bound by those determinations." In re G.A., 826 N.W.2d 125, 127 (Iowa Ct. App. 2012). Our paramount consideration is the best interests of the child. Iowa Code § 600A.1.

         A parent's rights may be terminated for abandoning a child. Id. § 600A.8(3). To abandon a child "means that a parent . . . rejects the duties imposed by the parent-child relationship, . . . which may be evinced by the person . . . making only a marginal effort to provide for the support of the child or to communicate with the child." Id. § 600A.2(19).

         Section 600A.8(3)(b) provides further that a child older than six months is "deemed abandoned"

unless the parent maintains substantial and continuous or repeated contact with the child as demonstrated by contribution toward support of the child of a reasonable amount, according to the parent's means, and as demonstrated by any of the following:
(1) Visiting the child at least monthly when physically and financially able to do so and when not prevented from doing so by the person having lawful custody of the child.
(2)Regular communication with the child or with the person having the care or custody of the child, when physically and financially unable to visit the child or when prevented from visiting the child by ...

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