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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Termination of Parental Rights – Mother’s Substance Abuse – No GAL (access required)

In re S.R. (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-07-0865, 16 pp.) (Wanda G. Bryant, J.) Appealed from Mecklenburg County District Court. (Rickye McKoy-Mitchell, J.) N.C. App. Holding: Where (1) petitioner Youth and Family Services Division did not allege dependency as a ground ...

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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Permanency-Planning Order – Legal Guardianship – Evidence – Hearsay – Review Hearing (access required)

In re P.O. (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-07-0864, 23 pp.) (Linda Stephens, J.) Appealed from Robeson County District Court. (John B. Carter, J.) N.C. App. Holding: The respondent-mother proffered purported letters from health-care providers saying she did not have a substance-abuse ...

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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Termination of Parental Rights – Attorneys (access required)

In re K.J.L. Even though respondent's attorney told the court, "I cannot argue that there's not statutory grounds that exist for termination, I would hope the court would find that those are not sufficient to be in the best interests," given counsel's diligent representation of respondent and the overwhelming evidence of grounds to terminate her parental rights, respondent has failed to show that she received ineffective assistance of counsel.

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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Custody – Domestic Partners – Two Mothers – Constitutional Right to Parent – Inconsistent Actions – Parental Involvement (access required)

Davis v. Swan. Even though the parties did not enter into a parenting agreement, they acted in all ways as co-parents of defendant's biological daughter, including defendant's appointment of plaintiff as the child's guardian in defendant's will and defendant's signing of an authorization to consent to health care for minor and a power of attorney for child care.

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Domestic Relations – Civil Practice – Contempt – Parent & Child – Custody – Overnight Guests – Cohabitation – Different Orders (access required)

Rain Tree v. Bradford. (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-16-0784, 9 pp.) (Sanford L. Steelman Jr., J.) Appealed from Transylvania County District Court. (David K. Fox, J.) N.C. App. Unpub. Holding: Even though a 2007 order prohibited the parties from cohabiting with an ...

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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Custody – Civil Practice – Standing – Strangers – ‘Significant Relationship’ – Two Months (access required)

Myers v. Baldwin. (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-07-0671, 9 pp.) (Ann Marie Calabria, J.) Appealed from Forsyth County District Court. (Denise S. Hartsfield, J.) N.C. App. Holding: A two-month relationship is not significant enough to allow plaintiffs to sue for custody ...

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