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In re Grace P., 275689

In a Mother and Father's appeal from the juvenile court's order terminating parental rights to six-year-old daughter, five-year-old son and three-year-old son pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code section 366.26, the juvenile court's order is reversed where, in a matter of first impression, the juvenile court abused its discretion in denying Father a contested selection and implementation hearing under section 366.26. When, as here, a parent has consistently and regularly visited his or her children and at the selection and implementation hearing, offers testimony regarding the quality of their parent-child relationship and possible resulting detriment that would be caused by its termination, a juvenile court abuses its discretion if it denies a contested hearing on the beneficial parent-child relationship exception.

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  • Published 2017/02/10




  • California Court of Appeal


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