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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Oct 29, 2014

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Jonathan C. Brown, Fayetteville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Richard K. O.

Attorneys 2:

Megan A. Kingree, Shelbyville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Joe D. Q. and Mary J. Q.

Judge(s): CLEMENT

Grandparents filed this petition to terminate Mother and Father’s parental rights and to adopt the child. Mother surrendered her parental rights, and the trial court found that Father abandoned the child by willful failure to visit and failure to support. The trial court also found termination of Father’s parental rights was in the child’s best interest. The evidence supports the trial court’s finding that Father abandoned the child by willful failure to visit, but the record does not clearly and convincingly establish that Father’s failure to support the child was willful. We also find that termination is in the child’s best interests; therefore, we affirm the termination of Father’s parental rights.