IN RE RAVEN S., ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Dec 22, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

David R. Grimmett, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jeremy S.

Attorneys 2:

K. Robert Barlowe, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Brittney M. Stephanie Edwards, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Guardian ad Litem.

Judge(s): MCBRAYER

Mother and Father appeal the termination of their parental rights to two of their children. Upon a finding of dependency and neglect, the juvenile court placed the children in the custody of Mother’s aunt. Subsequently, the Guardian ad Litem petitioned to terminate parental rights. Following a one-day trial, the juvenile court took the matter under advisement. After the elapse of several months, the parents and the Guardian ad Litem filed a motion requesting a decision from the court on the petition to terminate parental rights. The trial court held a hearing on the motion after which it considered additional evidence, primarily related to contact between the children and parents since the previous hearing. At the conclusion of the evidentiary hearing, the court granted the petition to terminate on the grounds of abandonment by willful failure to support and visit. The court also found termination of Mother’s and Father’s parental rights to be in the children’s best interest. Mother and Father both appeal the statutory grounds for termination and that termination was in the children’s best interest. Mother and Father also assign error to the trial court reopening proof. We affirm.