Zeb Ryan and Sharon Marie Cummins v. Joe Derek Carr, Joe Harrison Carr, Donna Leslia Carr and Carmen Marie CadenaAppeal from 53rd District Court of Travis County (memorandum opinion )

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Download PDF TEXAS COURT OF APPEALS, THIRD DISTRICT, AT AUSTIN NO. 03-13-00471-CV Zeb Ryan Cummins and Sharon Marie Cummins, Appellants v. Joe Harrison Carr, Donna Leslia Carr, Joe Derek Carr, and Carmen Marie Cadena, Appellees FROM THE DISTRICT COURT OF TRAVIS COUNTY, 53RD JUDICIAL DISTRICT NO. D-1-FM-11-001631, HONORABLE GISELA D. TRIANA, JUDGE PRESIDING MEMORANDUM OPINION This appeal arises from a final order in a suit affecting the parent child relationship signed on March 8, 2013. On July 11, 2013, appellants Zeb Ryan Cummins and Sharon Marie Cummins filed their notice of appeal and shortly afterward, a motion to extend time to file notice of appeal. Appellees Joe Harrison Carr and Donna Leslia Carr filed a response in opposition to the motion to extend time and a motion to dismiss the appeal. The Cumminses argue that their appeal was timely because: (1) they requested findings of fact and conclusions of law on March 27, 2013, and (2) the trial court â retained plenary power to modify its final judgmentâ by holding a review hearing on May 23, 2013 to revisit the possession schedule and retaining the guardian ad litem for a report, which was not provided until July 22, 2013. Alternatively, the Cumminses request an extension of time to file their notice of appeal to July 11, 2013. As the Carrs point out, neither holding a review hearing, retaining the guardian ad litem, nor any wording of the trial courtâ s order affected its finality or explicitly extended the courtâ s plenary power beyond the thirty-day period after the date the order was signed. See Tex. R. Civ. P. 329b(d). The Cumminsesâ request for findings of fact and conclusions of law extended their deadline for filing a notice of appeal by 90 days to June 6, 2013. See Tex. R. App. P. 26.1(a)(4). That deadline might have been extended to June 21, 2013, if appellants had filed either a notice of appeal with the trial court, or a motion for extension of time with this Court, within 15 days after the deadline for filing the notice of appeal. See Tex. R. App. P. 26.3; Verburgt v. Dorner, 959 S.W.2d 615, 617-18 (Tex. 1997). However, the Cumminsesâ July 11, 2013 notice of appeal is untimely, and we therefore lack jurisdiction over this appeal. See Tex. R. App. P. 25.1(b) (providing that filing of notice of appeal invokes appellate courtâ s jurisdiction). Accordingly, we deny the Cumminsesâ motion to extend time to file notice of appeal, grant the Carrsâ motion to dismiss, and dismiss this appeal for want of jurisdiction. See Tex. R. App. P. 42.3(a). Jeff Rose, Justice Before Justices Puryear, Rose, and Goodwin Dismissed for Want of Jurisdiction Filed: August 27, 2013 2