IN RE ANNA B. ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Feb 1, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Daniel Lyn Graves, II, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellant, Christopher B.

Attorneys 2:

Kirk D. Catron, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellees, Angela P. and David P.


This is a termination of parental rights case. Father appeals the termination of his parental rights, to two minor children, on the grounds of: (1) severe child abuse, Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 36-1-113(g)(4) and 37-1-102(22)(C); and (2) abandonment by willful failure to support and willful failure to visit, Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 36-1-113(g)(1) and 36-1-102(1)(A)(i). Father also appeals the trial court’s finding that termination of his parental rights is in the children’s best interests. Because Appellees did not meet their burden to show that Father willfully failed to provide support for the children, we reverse the trial court’s finding as to the ground of abandonment by willful failure to support. The trial court’s order is otherwise affirmed.