Iowa’s Appeals Court released a list of rulings today that dealt with family matters. The court of appeals often tackles domestic cases, and in today’s opinions, the judges upheld a lower court ruling that a divorced mother in Dickinson County may keep her kids despite testimony from her ex-husband about her drinking, but the court upheld terminating the parental rights of a Cerro Gordo County couple and a Wright County woman who didn’t improve parenting skills even with help. In contested divorces, a LinnCounty woman retains custody despite a challenge by her ex, and a Marshall County man will keep the kids though his former wife objected. The appeals court upheld two alimony arrangements set up by lower courts, and told Cass County to take another look at a challenge by a man who says doctors didn’t convince him his mother was terminal when they took her off life support.
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