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Practice Notes

Recent Court Decisions & Updates

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

On August 29, 2017, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District issued its decision affirming the Jackson County Family Court's judgment terminating the parental rights of a mother incarcerated for the death of the child's sibling.  In its decision, the Western District determined the following:

1. When considering the termination of parental rights, a Juvenile Court may take judicial notice of its file, and rely upon the findings, from the underlying jurisdictional proceeding regarding the same child.

2. Evidence of a Mother's actions that resulted in the death of her child, combined with evidence regarding the mother’s insufficient parenting both before and after the events of that child's death, were sufficient to support the trial court’s decision to terminate her parental rights based on §211.447.5(2)(d) RSMo.

The full text of the opinion can be reviewed through this link: http://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=116560

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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