IN RE: DIXIE M. M. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Sep 28, 2012

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Amy C. Bates, Clarksville, Tennessee, for appellant, Robert J. L.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Derek C. Jumper, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Judge(s): CLEMENT

Father appeals the termination of his parental rights. The trial court terminated Father’s parental rights upon finding that four grounds for termination had been established – the grounds of substantial noncompliance with the provisions of the permanency plan, abandonment by willful failure to visit and support, and failure to establish parentage, and that termination of Father’s rights was in the child’s best interest. We have determined that three grounds for termination were established by the requisite proof and that termination of his rights is in the child’s best interest. Therefore, we affirm the termination of Father’s parental rights.