Sunday, January 20, 2019

Tennessee Court of Appeals

Termination of Parental Rights Cases

Mother's testimony via video conference allowed in termination of parental rights case (Aug. 3, 2018)

TPR reversed because there was less than clear and convincing evidence on three grounds (May 31, 2018)

TPR reversed because father thwarted mother's attempts to visit the children (May 17, 2018)

Persistence of conditions and failure to provide prenatal support grounds reversed; TPR otherwise affirmed (April 30, 2018)

Termination of parental rights reversed because the proof did not clearly and convincingly establish abandonment (April 30, 2018)

Court of Appeals affirms trial court's conclusion that mother had not committed wanton disregard (April 25, 2018)

White County Chancery Court reversed in termination of parental rights case (Jan. 30, 2018)

Termination of parental rights reversed because lack of evidence that father knew of his child's existence (Jan. 26, 2018)

Despite father’s stipulation, DCS’s scant proof leads to reversal of decision terminating parental rights (Dec. 22, 2017)

Termination of parental rights order vacated because it was a nearly verbatim recitation of the termination petition (Dec. 22, 2017)

In termination of parental rights cases with at least one solvent party, guardian ad litems may make more than the indigent compensation cap (Nov. 7, 2017)

In all cases but one, the rights of both parents must be terminated before a third party can adopt a child (Oct. 12, 2017)

Termination of parental rights reversed because it was not in the best interest of the children (Oct. 4, 2017)

In termination of parental rights cases, substantial compliance is about effort, not outcome (July 6, 2017)

In TPRs, a child's best interest is often a delicate balance between stability and maintaining a relationship with the biological family (May 29, 2015)

Custody Cases

Tennessee Court of Appeals reverses default judgment in White County custody modification case (Sept. 28, 2017)

A frivolous appeal may cost your client the other side’s attorney’s fees (April 29, 2015)


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