IN RE: THE ADOPTION OF DESTINY R. D. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Mar 28, 2012

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Leonard Robert Grefseng, Columbia, Tennessee, for the appellants, J. A. D. and L. N. D.

Attorneys 2:

Ronald G. Freemon, Columbia, Tennessee, for the appellee, D. S. V.

Judge(s): COTTRELL

The mother and stepfather of a three year old girl filed a petition to terminate the parental rights of the child’s father on the ground of abandonment so that the stepfather could adopt her. After hearing the proof, the trial court dismissed the petition, ruling that the petitioners had not met their burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence that the father’s failure to visit the child or his failure to provide child support in the four months preceding the filing of the petition were willful. We affirm.

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