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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on May 24, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Gregory D. Smith, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellants, T. P., and C. P.

Attorneys 2:

Christopher J. Pittman and Zachary L. Talbot, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellee, C.C.

J. P., Appellee.

Judge(s): GOLDIN

This is an appeal from the trial court's denial of a petition for adoption and termination of parental rights filed by the minor child's maternal grandmother and step-grandfather. During the trial court proceedings, the minor child's natural father sought to have his paternity and parenting rights established. When the trial court denied the termination petition, it ordered the natural parents to attempt to agree upon a parenting plan. The trial court noted that it would enter a permanent parenting plan on its own if the parents could not reach an agreement. Because the record transmitted to us does not indicate that the trial court ever entered a permanent parenting plan, there is an absence of a final judgment in this case. We therefore dismiss this appeal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.