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The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights in his two minor children in grounds of willful abandonment, holding that there was no error in the termination orders.
In its termination orders, the trial court concluded that Father's actions and inactions manifested a "willful determination to forego all parental duties and relinquish all parental claims" regarding the children and that this was done with "purpose and deliberation." The custody and visitation order that was presented at Mother's request precluded Father from having direct contact with the children. On appeal, Father argued that this prohibition stood as an absolute barrier to his ability to show love, affection, and parental concern for the children and that this fact should preclude a finding of abandonment. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the trial court's termination orders should be affirmed.