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Posted by: Landry Butler on Jul 11, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Linda Thomas Woolsey, Greeneville, Tennessee, for the appellant, James M.R., Jr.

Attorneys 2:

Michael B. Menefee, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Dusty A.W.

Judge(s): MCCLARTY

In this appeal the biological father to the child at issue sought to set aside the Final Order of Adoption. Following a hearing, the trial court declared the Final Order of Adoption void on its face, finding that the court did not have personal jurisdiction over the biological father to terminate his parental rights. The guardian failed to sign his notice of appeal pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated section 36-1-124(d), requiring us to grant the father’s motion to dismiss the guardian’s appeal and leave in place the trial court’s decision to void the Final Order of Adoption.