In re J.S., ___ N.C. App. ___, 792 S.E.2d 861 (2016)

Held: 
Moot
  • Facts: At a permanency planning hearing held pursuant to G.S. 7B-906.1, the permanent plan remained reunification, with legal and physical custody of the children continuing to be awarded to the children’s father. Visitation for the mother was reduced. The court entered a separate G.S. Chapter 50 civil custody order and terminated its jurisdiction in the G.S. Chapter 7B proceeding pursuant to G.S. 7B-911. Respondent mother appealed the permanency planning order only.
  • Respondent mother’s failure to appeal the civil custody order pursuant to G.S. Chapter 50 and the 7B-911 order that terminated the court’s jurisdiction moots the effect of the mother’s challenge to the permanency planning order entered under 7B-906.1. The two orders that were not appealed would still be in effect. Mother did not argue exception to mootness doctrine based on collateral legal consequences.
Category:
Abuse, Neglect, Dependency
Stage:
Appeal
Topic:
Moot
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