IN RE JOSEPH G. ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jul 31, 2013

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Aaron J. Chapman, Morristown, Tennessee, for the appellant, J.G.

Attorneys 2:

William E. Phillips, II, Rogersville, Tennessee, for the appellant, E.G.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, and Mary Byrd Ferrara, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Deborah A. Yeomans, Johnson City, Tennessee, Guardian ad Litem.

Judge(s): SUSANO

This is a termination of parental rights case focusing on Joseph G., Trinity G., and Stephen G. (“the Children”), the minor children of a married couple, J.G. (“Father”) and E.G. (“Mother”). The Children, then ages four, two and one respectively, were placed in the protective custody of the Department of Children’s Services (“DCS”) following the incarceration of both parents. The Children were subsequently adjudicated dependent and neglected by stipulation of the parents. A year after the Children entered foster care, DCS filed suit to terminate the parents’ rights. Following a bench trial, the court granted DCS’s petition. The trial court found, by clear and convincing evidence, that multiple grounds for termination exist as to both parents and that termination is in the Children’s best interest. Father and Mother separately appeal. As to both parents, we reverse the trial court’s finding of willful failure to support. In all other respects, the judgment is affirmed.