In re A.A.S., ___ N.C. App. ___, 812 S.E.2d 875 (2018)

Held: 
Affirmed
  • Pursuant to Appellate Rule 3.1(d), respondent father’s counsel filed a no-merit brief, notified his client of the right to file a pro se brief within 30 days, and requested that the court of appeals perform an independent review of the record for possible error. Counsel identified two issues: (1) whether the trial court erred in concluding a ground existed to terminate father’s rights, and (2) whether the trial court abused its discretion in determining TPR was in the children’s best interests.
  • The TPR order includes (1) sufficient findings of fact that are supported by clear, cogent, and convincing evidence to conclude at least one ground, specifically G.S. 7B-1111(a)(1) neglect, existed, and (2) appropriate findings on each of the relevant G.S. 7B-1110(a) dispositional factors regarding bests interests.
Category:
Termination of Parental Rights
Stage:
Appeal
Topic:
No Merit Brief
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