IN RE MARTAVIOUS B. ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Jan 4, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Brian E. Price, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Martavious B.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel Erin Buckley, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Judge(s): CLEMENT

This appeal arises from the termination of Father’s parental rights on two grounds, severe child abuse and persistence of conditions, and the finding that termination of his parental rights was in the best interests of his children. Father appeals the trial court’s findings of persistence of conditions and that it was in the best interests of the children to terminate his parental rights; however, Father does not appeal the trial court’s finding of severe child abuse. Because Father did not appeal the ground of severe child abuse, the trial court’s finding on that ground is final. Only one statutory ground need be found for termination; therefore, the dispositive issue on appeal is whether the trial court erred in finding that it was in the best interests of the children to terminate Father’s parental rights. The evidence in the record clearly and convincingly established that it was in the best interests of the children to terminate Father’s parental rights. Accordingly, we affirm the termination of Father’s parental rights.