Termination of Parental Rights and Absentee Clients
I sat through a whole day of termination of parental rights trial yesterday. My client is the father of one of the kids and he was in federal prison for most of the child in need of assistance action. I finally met him a couple weeks ago when he showed up for an in-court review. This was after the termination petition had been filed.
He thought he might try to fight the termination at that time, but very quickly dropped off the face of the earth after that day. Actually, I guess his parole was revoked and he’s heading back to prison, but I never heard from him after that review in February.
So, I was stuck in this trial. I asked no questions of any witness, made a short professional statement concerning my understanding of my client’s situation and otherwise sat. Not really a fun time in the basement of the Linn County Courthouse, but, hey. The State will pay me for it.
M.E.C. v. Com., Termination Of Parental Rights (Ky) M.E.C. v. Com. , --S.W.3d?(Ky. App. 2008), 2007-CA-001904-ME Mother appealed judgment terminating her parental rights to two children. KRS 625.090 provides that parental rights may be involuntarily terminated if the court finds from the pleadings and clear and convincing evidence that the child has been adjudged to be an abused and neglected child, as defined under KRS 600...
Stall Tactic - Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights Kentucky sets forth the grounds for a court involuntarily terminating parental rights in KRS 625.090. The statute basically gives the essential elements, all of which much be proved by the heightened standard of “clear and convincing” evidence: the child has been abused or neglected (and there are three wasy to show this) and that [...