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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
SUMMARY: Termination of the father’s parental rights was improper because while he violated his parole and was returned to prison, the violation was only due to failing to visit his parole officer, and he had regular visits with the children prior to re-incarceration and had supported the children...Read more
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014
SUMMARY: There was not clear and convincing evidence that the father knew or believed he was the child’s father so there was insufficient evidence to prove abandonment and, in any event, his incarceration was a circumstance beyond his control that would also preclude a finding of abandonment...Read more
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
SUMMARY: Termination of the father’s parental rights was proper where he did not live with or support the child prior to removal, was incarcerated for two years, and had made many poor life decisions that placed him in a poor position to be able to parent. Hayden, DOB 1/08, was removed from his...Read more
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
SUMMARY: Termination of the father’s parental rights was improper because the length of time in foster care cannot be the sole best interest factor when the parent is not unfit and the length of incarceration of the father was speculative even though it was the sole reason for the termination...Read more
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Friday, December 27, 2013
SUMMARY: A juvenile court cannot allow an attorney to withdraw without a showing that the attorney made diligent efforts to notify the parent of his intent to withdraw. Due process was violated because the court excused the mother’s attorney from representing her at the TPR trial without notifying...Read more
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination of the father’s parental rights was proper where he was incarcerated for much of the child’s life, failed to visit or have contact with the child and failed to intervene in the case. Dayton, DOB 6/07, went under the legal guardianship of his maternal grandmother, Ivy, when he...Read more
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was proper where the father was repeatedly incarcerated on drug-related convictions, could not maintain abstinence from drugs and did not develop a consistent, strong relationship with the child. Emilee, DOB 3/07, is the child of Josey and Michael. Emilee...Read more
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights based largely on events stemming from a decade-old child death was proper because the mother has not shown she will prioritize her children’s safety given her current relationship and her less-than-forthcoming responses. A cross-appeal will not be considered...Read more
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Thursday, May 3, 2012
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was proper where the father had been incarcerated for a full term of almost 50 years and had failed to contact or provide for the child. Jaylyn, DOB 10/08, was removed from the mother’s home in October 23, 2009. The mother’s parental rights were eventually...Read more
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
SUMMARY: The incarcerated father’s absence at the termination of parental rights trial denied him his due process rights because even though the court made initial efforts to notify him it took no official action after receiving a sheriff’s request for a writ and did not comment on the record as to...Read more

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