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The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights to his minor child, holding that there was no merit in Father's argument that the trial court lacked personal jurisdiction to proceed against him in this matter.
The trial court adjudicated the existence of three grounds for termination of Father's parental rights - neglect, willful failure to make reasonable progress, and dependency. See N.C. Gen. Stat. 7B-1111(a)(1), (2), and (6). The court further concluded that termination of Father's parental rights was in the child's best interests. On appeal, Father argued that the trial court had no personal jurisdiction over him for purposes of the termination-of-parental-rights proceeding. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that Father waived any objection to the trial court's exercise of personal jurisdiction over him.