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Ryan F. Kaiser Wins Appeal On Behalf of Jackson County Juvenile Office

On November 1, 2016, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District issued its decision affirming the Jackson County Family Court's judgment terminating the parental rights of a predatory sexual offender.  In its decision, the Western District determined the following:

1. Regardless whether section 211.447.5(6) as amended in 2014, or in its form prior to amendment, applied to Father's case, the evidence clearly and convincingly established a basis for termination pursuant to section 211.447.5(6) because the evidence established specific conditions directly relating to the parent and child relationship of a duration or nature that rendered Father unable for the reasonably foreseeable future to care appropriately for the ongoing physical, mental, or emotional needs of the child.

2. Section 211.447.7 does not require written statutory best interest findings to be included in a judgment when parental rights are terminated pursuant to section 211.447.5(6).

The full text of the opinion can be reviewed through this link: http://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=107036  

If you need representation in Juvenile Court, or wish to appeal judgment against you, contact Ryan F. Kaiser and Kaiser / Lawless, LLP to discuss your options and protect your rights.

Tel. (816) 645-5799         email: rfk@kaiserlawless.com


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