The Appellate Group

In re K.R.

In re K.R., 2023 UT App 75 (PER CURIAM)

Parental Rights

Mother appeals the juvenile court’s order terminating her parental rights with respect to their two children. Mother alleges the juvenile court exceeded its discretion in determining that it was strictly necessary to terminate her rights rather than awarding permanent custody and guardianship to the children’s maternal Grandmother. The Utah Court of Appeals affirmed, holding:

  • The juvenile court carefully weighed the evidence and considered all other possible options in the children’s best interests.
  • Practice tip: To help prevent the termination of parental rights, you must demonstrate that there is at least one possible and equally effective alternative. The court examines from the point of view of the children and their best interest.

Read the full court opinion