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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Mar 28, 2016

Head Comment: With D. MICHAEL SWINEY, C.J., dissenting.

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Jennifer A. Luther, Greeneville, Tennessee, for the appellant, R.P.G., II.

Attorneys 2:

Roger Alan Woolsey, Greeneville, Tennessee, for the appellees, M.R.T. and J.N.T.

Judge(s): SUSANO

This is a termination of parental rights case. The trial court found clear and convincing evidence of grounds for terminating the parental rights of R.P.G. II, (father) to K.J.G. (the child). By the same quantum of proof, the court found that termination was in the child‘s best interest. Father appeals. We hold that the trial court‘s final judgment does not include or incorporate written findings of fact justifying its decision as required by Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-1-113(k) (2014). For this reason, we vacate the trial court‘s judgment and remand for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.