IN RE: KARISSA V., ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Feb 27, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Zachariah Stansell, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Christopher V.

Attorneys 2:

Mark N. Foster, Rockwood, Tennessee, for the appellant, Makara G.

Martin W. Cash, Jr., Kingston, Tennessee, for the appellee, Glenn V.

Judge(s): SWINEY

This appeal concerns the termination of parental rights. Glenn V. (“Grandfather”) filed a petition in the Chancery Court for Roane County (“the Trial Court”) seeking to terminate the parental rights of his son, Christopher V. (“Father”), and Makara G. (“Mother”) to their minor children, Karissa and Makilee (“the Children”). After a trial, the Trial Court terminated Father’s and Mother’s parental rights on the grounds of abandonment by failure to support and failure to visit. The Trial Court also granted Grandfather’s motion for adoption. Father and Mother filed appeals to this Court. We, inter alia, reverse the ground of failure to visit with respect to both parents. We also reverse the ground of failure to support with respect to Mother. However, we affirm the ground of failure to support with respect to Father. We find further that termination of Father’s parental rights is in the Children’s best interest. We affirm, in part, and reverse, in part, the judgment of the Trial Court.