IN RE BONNIE L., ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Barry Kolar on Jun 16, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Jennifer L. Honeycutt, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Amanda L.

Attorneys 2:

Steven S. Hooper, Waverly, Tennessee, for the appellant, Mark S.

Judge(s): MCBRAYER

This appeal arises from the termination of Mother's and Father's parental rights. The children were removed from their parents' home because of drug exposure and domestic violence. A court adjudicated the children dependent and neglected about six months after their removal. Nearly two years later, the Department of Children's Services petitioned to terminate Mother's and Father's parental rights. Following a trial, the juvenile court found that two statutory grounds existed to terminate Mother's rights— substantial noncompliance and persistent conditions. The court found that three grounds existed to terminate Father's rights—abandonment for failure to visit, substantial noncompliance, and persistent conditions. The court also concluded that the termination of Mother's and Father's parental rights was in the children's best interest. Mother appeals the court's determination that there were statutory grounds to terminate her rights and that termination was in the children's best interest. Father also appeals the court's best interest determination, but he appeals the court's decision on only two of the three statutory grounds to terminate his rights. We affirm.