United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Holds that Foster Parents Lack Liberty Interest in Relationship with Foster Children
Mikel v. Quin United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Filed: January 19, 2023 Two foster children were removed from Foster Mother’s home after Foster Mother submitted adoption papers on allegations of emotional abuse. Foster Mother argued that the Department failed to give her notice or an opportunity to be heard before commencing…
R.V.K.H. v. S.M.S. Case No. 2023-CA-0136-ME Graves Circuit Court Decided by Acree, Dixon, And McNeill, Judges. Opinion by Dixon, Judge Date Rendered: October 27, 2023 Issue: Whether the UCCJEA applies in adoption proceedings. Issue: Whether KRS 199.502(3) requires courts to conduct an inquiry of indigency when biological parents appear pro se in adoption proceedings. Child…
Kentucky Court of Appeals Grants Writ of Prohibition and Stays Jefferson County Family Court DNA Action Pending Breckenridge County Ruling on Custody and Adoption Petitions
H.H., ET AL. v. HONORABLE LORI GOODWIN, JUDGE, JEFFERSON FAMILY COURT, ET AL. Case No. 2022-CA-1023-OA Original Action arising from Jefferson Family Court Decided by Dixon, Lambert, and Maze, Judges Opinion by Maze, Judge Date Rendered: December 2, 2022 Issue: Whether Family Court Erred and Writ of Prohibition Should be Issued Minor child was born…
Family Court’s Order Granting Stepfather’s Petition to Adopt Stepson Vacated and Remanded for New Hearing due to Family Court’s Failure to Utilize the Constitutionally Mandated Clear and Convincing Standard.
W.H.J. v. J.N.W., J.A.W., and N.H.J., A Minor Child Case No. 2022-CA-1055-ME Warren Circuit Court, Family Court Division Decided by Caldwell, Dixon, and Eckerle, Judges Opinion by Caldwell, Judge Date Rendered: May 19, 2023 Issue: Whether Stepparent Adoption Could be Upheld Despite Family Court’s Failure to Utilize the Clear and Convincing Evidence Standard Mother and…
W.R.G. v. K.C. Case No. 2022-CA-1319-ME Caldwell Circuit Court Decided by Dixon, Goodwine, and Karem, Judges. Opinion by Goodwine, Judge Date Rendered: August 4, 2023 Issue: Whether the Family Court erred in granting stepparent adoption when Father was not served with notice of the final hearing order pursuant to CR 5.02(1). Stepmother filed a petition…
- Notice of Appeal Cannot be Electronically Filed in Termination of Parental Rights (“TPR”) Cases.
- United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Holds that Foster Parents Lack Liberty Interest in Relationship with Foster Children
- Courts Must Inquire as to Indigency in Stepparent Adoptions
- Sixth Circuit Holds No Constitutional Prohibition on State Limitations of Medical Treatments for Minors
- Trial Court Erred by Awarding 100% of Post-Separation Increases to Husband