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Ms. Parker has been the appellate attorney on a number of cases, representing either the parent or the child as the child's Attorney Ad Litem.   

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    In the Interest of A.S. and C.S, Children

    Father appeals the Trial Court's order dismissing his Petition to Modify the Parent-Child Relationship. The Trial Court dismissed Father on the basis of "relief not timely pursued, including custody evaluation. Change in custody dismissed..." At the time of the dismissal of Father's case, Mother's pleadings remained live and the parties were scheduled for final trial. The issues on appeal were (1) whether the summary judgment rendered by the Trial Court is a final judgment in this case? (2) Whether a court reporter's record is necessary in a summary judgment hearing? and (3) Whether the Trial Court erred when it dismissed Father's suit after 18 months? Under the third issue, 2 questions needed to be answered: (1) whether a sufficient time for discovery had passed, and (2) whether Father showed a material and substantial change in circumstances to warrant a modification of the prior order? Ms. Parker represented Mother in this appeal. The results are still pending. Read On

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    In the Interest of Z.N., N.D., and J.N., Children

    April 2017

    Termination of parental rights affirmed by the Court of Appeals. Read On

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    Eduardo Vasconcelos v. Michelly Batista

    Well-settled, age, and maturity exceptions under the Hague Convention. Read On

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    In re W.H.

    September 2012

    Writ of Habeas Corpus denied by Texas Supreme Court. Read On

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    Wenzal M. Hardwick v. Cynthia K. Hardwick

    September 2016

    Motion for continuance must be sworn to and verified Read On

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    In the Interest of E.L., A Child

    November 2017

    Judgment for termination of parental rights affirmed. Read On

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    In the Interest of V.M., Z.M., and D.M., Children

    March 2018

    This case involves a lengthy procedural history, involving one mother, two fathers, and four children there became divided into 2 separate cases. Mother and Father were not married. Mother appeals the Trial Court's termination of her parental rights as to three of her four children. For this appeal, Mother alleged that there was insufficiency of the evidence to terminate her parental rights. However, the Trial Court found by clear and convincing evidence four grounds for termination of Mother's parental rights, more specifically (1) Mother knowingly placed or knowingly allowed the children to remain in conditions or surroundings which endanger the physical or emotional well-being of the children pursuant to Texas Family Code Section 161(b)(1)(D); (2) Mother had engaged in conduct or knowingly placed the children with persons who engaged in conduct which endangers the physical or emotional well-being of the children pursuant to Texas Family Code Section 161.001(b)(1)(E); (3) Mother failed to comply with the provisions of a court order that specifically established the actions necessary for the mother to obtain the return of the children pursuant to Texas Family Code Section 161.001(b)(1)(O); and (4) Mother had used a controlled substance in a manner that endangered the health or safety of the children, and after completion of a court-ordered substance abuse treatment program, continued to abuse a controlled substance pursuant to Texas Family Code Section 161.001(b)(1)(P)(ii). The Court of Appeals affirmed the Trial Court's decision. Read On

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