IN RE FORD MINORSAnnotate this Case
STATE OF MICHIGAN
COURT OF APPEALS
In the Matter of TARRELL ALFONZO FORD and
LEGEND NICOLE FORD, Minors.
FAMILY INDEPENDENCE AGENCY
July 21, 1998
Wayne Juvenile Court
LC No. 92-299943
ALFONZO FORD and MONICA SLOSS,
Before: Murphy, P.J., and Young, Jr. and Michael R. Smith*, JJ.
Respondents Alfonzo Ford and Monica Sloss appeal as of right from a juvenile court order
terminating their parental rights to the minor children under MCL 712A.19b(3)(c)(i), (g) and (i); MSA
27.3178(598.19b)(3)(c)(i), (g) and (i). We affirm.
The juvenile court did not clearly err in finding that the statutory grounds for termination were
established by clear and convincing evidence. MCR 5.974(I); In re Hamlet (After Remand), 225
Mich App 505, 515; 571 NW2d 750 (1997). Further, respondents failed to show that termination of
their parental rights was clearly not in the best interests of the children. MCL 712A.19b(5); MSA
27.3178(598.19b)(5); In re Hall-Smith, 222 Mich App 470, 472; 564 NW2d 156 (1997). Thus, the
juvenile court did not err in terminating respondents’ parental rights. Id.
Respondent Ford also argues that the juvenile court erroneously assumed jurisdiction over the
children. However, respondent’s argument “confuses the distinction between whether the court has
subject matter jurisdiction and whether the court properly exercised its discretion in applying that
jurisdiction.” In re Hatcher, 443 Mich 426, 438; 505 NW2d 834 (1993). Here, the juvenile court
* Circuit judge, sitting on the Court of Appeals by assignment.
clearly had jurisdiction over the subject matter of these proceedings, and any error
in the exercise of that jurisdiction can be challenged only on direct appeal; it may not be collaterally
attacked. Id. at 444. Therefore, this issue is not properly before this Court.
/s/ William B. Murphy
/s/ Robert P. Young, Jr.
/s/ Michael R. Smith