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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Aug 30, 2013

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Matthew A. Spivey, Kingsport, Tennessee, for the appellant, James M.

Attorneys 2:

Stana M. Donnelly, Erwin, Tennessee, for the appellees, Bethany L. and William H.

Judge(s): FRIERSON

This is a termination of parental rights case focusing on Amelia M., the minor child (“Child”) of James M. (“Father”) and Bethany L. (“Mother”). On September 14, 2011, Mother filed a petition to terminate the parental rights of Father, which was subsequently joined by Mother’s new husband, William H. (“Stepfather”). Following a bench trial, the trial court granted the petition upon its finding, by clear and convincing evidence, that Father had abandoned the Child by willfully failing to visit her and willfully failing to provide financial support in the four months preceding the filing of the petition. The court further found, by clear and convincing evidence, that termination of Father’s parental rights was in the Child’s best interest. Father has appealed. We affirm.