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Thursday, October 06, 2016

Ind. Decisions - Court of Appeals issues 1 opinion(s) today (and 2 NFP memorandum decision(s))

For publication opinions today (1):

In In the Matter of the Involuntary Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of N.G. (Minor Child), and N.R.G. (Mother) v. The Indiana Department of Child Services, an 8-page opinion, Judge Crone writes:

N.R.G (“Mother”) appeals the termination of her parental relationship with her daughter, N.G. She raises three issues, one of which we find dispositive: whether the trial court’s findings of fact are sufficient to satisfy the statutory mandate found in Indiana Code Section 31-35-2-8(c). Concluding that the trial court’s findings of fact are deficient, we remand for proper findings that support the judgment terminating Mother’s parental rights. * * *

Simply put, the trial court’s findings are so sparse that we cannot discern whether it based its termination order on proper statutory considerations. As we are not at liberty to scour the record to find evidence to support the judgment, we remand with instructions for the trial court to enter proper findings of fact and conclusions of law to support the termination of Mother’s parental rights.

NFP civil decisions today (2):

In the Matter of Paternity: Of the Unborn Child of C.C. (mem. dec.)

Claudette Branson v. Malcolm D. Branson, II (mem. dec.)

NFP criminal decisions today (0):

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 6, 2016 11:50 AM
Posted to Ind. App.Ct. Decisions