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Domestic Relations: Parental Rights – Termination – Evidence

(1)Where evidence in a termination-of-parental-rights case did not support a finding that the father had a chemical dependency and other evidence showed that he was successfully rehabilitated after serving time in prison, and the father actively tried to maintain contact with the child, the termination of the father’s parental rights is reversed.

(2)Where a trial court ordered a father in a termination of parental rights proceeding to pay half of his court-appointed attorney’s fees, Section 211.462 assigns responsibility of payment of such costs to the county or agency with legal or actual custody of the child, so the court lacked authority for the order.

Judgment is reversed and remanded.

Department of Social Services v. C.B.G. (MLW No. 63249/Case No. SD31238/SD31239 – 17 pages) (Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, per curiam) Appealed from circuit court, Dade County, Quitno, Sp. J. (Verna L. Haun for appellant) (Lisa Abbott, Chris Koster and Jeremiah J. Morgan for respondent).

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