In re J.A.E.W.Annotate this Case
The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights to his daughter, holding that the trial court properly terminated Father's rights based on an adjudication under N.C. Gen. Stat. 7B-1111(a)(3) that he willfully failed to pay child support in the six months prior to the filing of the termination-of-parental-rights petition.
Following a hearing, the trial court entered an order terminating Father's parental rights on four separate grounds. The trial court also determined that it was in the child's best interests that Father's parental rights be terminated. On appeal, Father argued that the trial court erred in adjudicating that grounds existed to terminate his parental rights. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that clear, cogent, and convincing evidence supported the trial court's conclusion that Father willfully failed to pay a reasonable portion of the child's cost of care despite his physical and financial ability to do so.