IN RE SNOWDEN MINORAnnotate this Case
STATE OF MICHIGAN
COURT OF APPEALS
In the Matter of NANCY SNOWDEN, Minor.
FAMILY INDEPENDENCE AGENCY,
November 6, 1998
Wayne Juvenile Court
LC No. 86-254805
Before: Young Jr., P.J., and Wahls and Jansen, JJ.
Respondent Nancy Snowden appeals as of right from a juvenile court order terminating her
parental rights to the minor child pursuant to MCL 712A.19b(3)(b)(i), (c)(i), (g) and (i); MSA
27.3178(598.19b)(3)(b)(i), (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. MCL 5.974(I); In re Miller, 433 Mich 331, 337; 445
NW2d 161 (1989); In re Hall-Smith, 222 Mich App 470; 564 NW2d 156 (1997). Additionally, we
are satisfied that the juvenile court did not impermissibly shift the burden of proof to respondent on this
Once a statutory ground for termination has been established, the juvenile court “shall order
termination of parental rights . . . unless the court finds that termination of parental rights to the child is
clearly not in the child’s best interests.” MCL 712A.19b(5); MSA 27.3178(598.19b)(5). The burden
is on the respondent to put forth evidence that termination is clearly not in the child’s best interest. In re
Hall-Smith, supra at 473. Here, respondent failed to put forth any evidence from which the juvenile
court could conclude that termination was clearly not in the minor child’s best interests. Hence the
juvenile court did not err in terminating respondent’s parental rights to the child.
/s/ Robert P. Young, Jr.
/s/ Myron H. Wahls
/s/ Kathleen Jansen