IN RE BILLY T.W., ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Sep 27, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Christine L. Dummer, Knoxville, Tennessee, for minor children Billy T.W. and Emily G.W.

Attorneys 2:

Ian P. McCabe, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Billy T.W.

Christopher Irvin Belford, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Christy A.W.

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter, and William Derek Green, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Judge(s): BENNETT

In this parental termination action, we conclude that the trial court properly found clear and convincing evidence to terminate the rights of the mother and father on the grounds of failure to provide a suitable home, substantial noncompliance with a permanency plan, and persistence of conditions. We conclude that the trial court erred in terminating the father’s rights on the ground of willful failure to visit. Clear and convincing evidence supports the trial court’s determination that termination of parental rights is in the best interest of the children.