Clark v. BellavanceAnnotate this Case
Mother and father were the parents of a daughter, born in 2009. Mother and father were never married and their relationship ended before daughter was born; daughter lived exclusively with mother for the first twenty-one months of her life. In April 2011, the parties entered into a parenting agreement, accepted by the court as an order, that gave mother sole legal and physical rights and responsibilities for daughter, subject to father's parent-child contact. Mother appealed a family court order modifying parental rights and granting father sole legal and physical rights and responsibilities for their daughter. Mother argued that the family court's decision modifying parental rights was based on erroneous facts and improper consideration of the child's bests interests and resulted from bias against her by the court. Finding no reversible error, the Vermont Supreme Court affirmed.