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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Sep 6, 2012

Head Comment: With Concurring Opinion

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Kimberlie Edmonson, Athens, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Attorneys 2:

Shannon M. Holland, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Jeremy James McCosh and Robin Katheryn McCosh.

Sally C. Love, Cleveland, Tennessee, for the appellee, Mary Elizabeth Edmonson.

Judge(s): MCCLARTY

In this case, the child at issue was declared dependent and neglected and was placed in grandmother’s custody following the child’s removal from mother. Months later, father petitioned for custody of the child. The court granted father’s petition and awarded grandmother reasonable visitation. Thereafter, father filed a petition to terminate mother’s parental rights. Mother objected and sought custody or visitation, while grandmother asked the court to either reinforce her court-ordered visitation or grant joint custody. The court denied the petition to terminate mother’s parental rights, transferred grandmother’s courtordered visitation to mother, and advised grandmother that she would enjoy visitation as designated by the parents. Grandmother appeals. We affirm the decision of the trial court.