IN RE: NEYLAN H. - Articles

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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Dec 29, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Douglas R. Beier, Morristown, Tennessee, for the appellant, Terri W.H.

Attorneys 2:

Douglas R. Beier, Morristown, Tennessee, for the appellee, Justin H.

Jefferson B. Fairchild, Rogersville, Tennessee, for the appellee, James P.

Judge(s): SWINEY

Terri W.H. (“Mother”) and Justin H. (“Stepfather”) filed a petition seeking to terminate the parental rights of James P. (“Father”) to the minor child Neylan H. (“the Child”) in order to allow Stepfather to adopt the Child. After a trial, the Circuit Court for Greene County (“the Trial Court”) entered its order denying the petition after finding and holding, inter alia, that Mother and Stepfather had failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence that Father had abandoned the Child by willful failure to provide support. Mother appeals to this Court. We find and hold that the evidence does not preponderate against the findings made by the Trial Court, and we affirm.

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