IN RE ADOPTION OF ALEXANDER M. S. F. ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Aug 28, 2013

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Richard Boehms, Duck River, Tennessee, for the appellant, Michael Gregory S. F.

Attorneys 2:

Patricia W. Holder, Centerville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Jackie and Lorena J.

Judge(s): BENNETT

The mother and stepfather of two children filed a petition to terminate the parental rights of the children’s father on the ground of abandonment. The trial court terminated father’s rights on the grounds that he willfully failed to visit the children and paid only token support for the children in the four months preceding the filing of the petition. After a careful review of the record and the applicable law, we reverse the trial court, finding there is not clear and convincing proof that father’s lack of visitation was willful. We further hold that father’s payment of $697.76 in child support during the relevant time period was not mere “token support.”