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Posted by: Landry Butler on Aug 11, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Gerald T. Eidson, Rogersville, Tennessee, for the appellant.

Attorneys 2:

Aaron Chapman, Morristown, Tennessee, for the appellees.

Russell S. Veldman, Dandridge, Tennessee, Guardian Ad Litem.

Judge(s): SUSANO

This is an appeal from an order terminating the parental rights of the appellant to her minor child, Kendall H. The only Notice of Appeal filed by the appellant was signed only by her attorney. The appellees have filed a motion to dismiss this appeal arguing that the Notice of Appeal was insufficient to invoke this Court’s jurisdiction because it did not comply with Tennessee Code Annotated section 36-1-124(d), which states: “Any notice of appeal filed in a termination of parental rights action shall be signed by the appellant.” The absence of appellant’s signature on the notice of appeal deprives us of jurisdiction in this case. Accordingly, this case is dismissed.