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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Oct 29, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

James R. Hickman, Jr., Sevierville, Tennessee, for the appellants, Rachel L.S. and Brandon M.R.

Attorneys 2:

Andrew E. Farmer, Sevierville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Paul P.

Judge(s): SWINEY

Rachel L.S. (“Mother”) and Brandon M.R. (“Step-father”) filed a petition seeking to terminate the parental rights of Paul P. (“Father”) to the minor child Kiara S. (“the Child”). After a trial, the Circuit Court for Sevier County (“the Trial Court”) entered its order dismissing the petition after finding and holding, inter alia, that Mother and Step- father had failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence that grounds existed to terminate Father?s parental rights for abandonment by willful failure to visit or for abandonment by willful failure to support. Mother and Step-father appeal the dismissal of their petition. We find that the evidence in the record on appeal does not preponderate against the Trial Court?s findings, and we affirm.