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Posted by: Landry Butler on Sep 27, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Michael Wilson Taylor, Gallatin, Tennessee, for the appellant, Landon J.L.

Attorneys 2:

Nancy Krider Corley, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Ashley K.R. and Nicholas C.R.

Judge(s): BENNETT

Mother and stepfather filed a parental termination action against the father of a minor child, and the trial court terminated the father’s parental rights on the following grounds: (1) incarceration under a sentence of ten years or more and the child was under the age of eight when the sentence was entered; (2) willful failure to support during the four months prior to incarceration; and (3) wanton disregard. We reverse the trial court’s determination that the petitioners presented clear and convincing evidence to support grounds of willful failure to support and wanton disregard. We affirm as to the ground of incarceration under a sentence of ten years or more and as to the trial court’s best interest determination.