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Posted by: Barry Kolar on May 26, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Lindsey C. Cadle, Tazewell, Tennessee, for the appellant, Ashley L.

Thomas J. Tabor, Jr., Tazewell, Tennessee, for the appellant, Aaron B.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter, and, Jordan Scott, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Judge(s): SWINEY

This appeal arises from a termination of parental rights proceeding. The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (“DCS”) filed a petition to terminate the parental rights of Ashley L. (“Mother”) and Aaron B. (“Father”) to their minor child Autumn L. (“the Child”) in the Juvenile Court for Claiborne County (“the Juvenile Court”). After a trial, the Juvenile Court entered an order terminating Mother’s and Father’s parental rights to the Child on a number of grounds. Mother and Father appeal to this Court. In addition to challenging the termination of their parental rights to the Child, Mother and Father argue that the case should be remanded to the Juvenile Court because the Juvenile Court did not enter an order within 30 days of the hearing as required by statute. We hold, inter alia, that remand is not an appropriate remedy for this noncompliance with statute and would serve no purpose. We affirm the judgment of the Juvenile Court in all respects.