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In the Matter of the Adoption of AMS, MAS, and AWS

In the Matter of the Adoption of AMS, MAS, and AWS, 2016 MT 22 (Jan. 26, 2016) (Baker, J.) (7-0, rev’d)

Issue: (1) Whether Father was properly served by publication, and (2) whether the district court erred by granting the petition for adoption and termination.

Short Answer: (1) No, and (2) yes.

Reversed and remanded

Facts: Father and Mother are the biological parents of three minor children. Grandfather is the children’s maternal grandfather. Father and Mother married in 2005 and divorced in 2013. Mother and Grandfather live in Billings, and Father lives in Los Angeles.…

In re the Adoption of PTH

In re the Adoption of PTH, 2015 MT 316 (Nov. 10, 2015) (McGrath, C.J.) (5-0, aff’d)

Issue: (1) Whether the district court erred by giving full faith and credit to the parenting plan and child support order entered by the California court; and (2) whether the district court erred by refusing to terminate Father’s parental rights.

Short Answer: (1) No; and (2) no.

Affirmed

Facts: PTH was born in 2008 to TC, Mother, and RH, Father. The parents divorced and agreed to a parenting plan approved by the county court in California, where they lived. According to the parenting plan, RH was not required to pay any child support. Neither parent has moved to modify the parenting plan or child support provision.…