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Appellant appealed a decision of the circuit court denying her petition for change of custody, denying a petition for citation of contempt for parental alienation, and excluding expert testimony. In 2008, a dependency-neglect proceeding was opened under the Arkansas Juvenile Code, and the Arkansas Department of Human Services sought and obtained custody of Appellant's daughter, S.S. The proceedings were closed and the case under the Juvenile Code was dismissed when Appellees were granted permanent custody of S.S. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the circuit court erred in applying the Juvenile Code in reopening the case, but the juvenile division of the circuit court nevertheless had jurisdiction to hear the case; and (2) while the circuit court errantly attempted to decide this case under the standards for deciding permanency placement, the circuit court's conclusion that it was not in S.S.'s best interest to change custody was not in error.