IN RE JAKOB O., ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Dec 15, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Carl Moore, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jessica K.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter, Alexander S. Rieger, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Judge(s): GOLDIN

Upon petition of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services (“the Department”), the trial court terminated the parental rights of Mother. We reverse the trial court's determination that Mother willfully failed to support her children prior to her incarceration and its determination that she failed to substantially comply with the requirements of the family permanency plans created in this case. However, clear and convincing evidence supports the remaining grounds for termination relied upon by the trial court, as well as the trial court's determination that the termination of Mother's parental rights is in the children's best interest. Accordingly, we affirm the termination of Mother's parental rights.