Appellate Case No. 02-17-00341-CV, In the Interest of V.M., Z.M., and D.M., Children (2nd Dist. Ft. Worth, 2017) Memo. Op.
In this appeal of the Trial Court's decision to terminate Mother's parental rights under Texas Family Code Section 161.001(b)(1)(D); 161.001(b)(1)(E); 161(b)(1)(O); and 161.001(b)(1)(P)(ii), Ms. Parker was appointed to represent the Mother for the appeal. It was Ms. Parker's duty to determine whether Mother had grounds for appeal or whether Mother's request for an appeal was considered frivolous under Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967).
This case took two years. Mother alleged that the evidence was factually and legally insufficient to support the Trial Court's decision. Upon examination of the facts of the case, the various hearings in which Mother participated, including her testimony, her failure to complete the CPS service plan as court ordered, her admissions that she used methamphetamines during the two years of her case, her unstable housing and employment history, at least two positive drug tests for methamphetamines, the recommendations made by the Attorney Ad Litem and Guardian Ad Litem, Ms. Parker determined that the evidence presented at trial was sufficient, as a matter of fact and law, for the Trial Court to decide that termination of Mother's parental rights are in the best interest of the children. The Court of Appeals affirmed.
Practice area(s): Child Abuse, Child Custody