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Juvenile Law Appellate Court Slip Opinion

by Carey, Sean


AC45864 - In re Christina C. (“The petitioner, the Commissioner of Children and Families, appeals from the judgment of the trial court (1) granting the motion of the respondent father, Christopher C., to transfer legal guardianship of his biological daughter, C, from the petitioner to his mother, D, and (2) denying the petition to terminate the parental rights of the respondent with respect to C. The petitioner claims that, in granting the motion to transfer guardianship, the court erred as a matter of law by assuming that transferring guardianship was in C’s best interests, thereby shifting the burden of proof to the petitioner to demonstrate that granting the motion would be detrimental to C. The petitioner also claims that, having found that multiple grounds existed for terminating the respondent’s parental rights with respect to C, the court thereafter erred in denying the petition to terminate his parental rights without considering whether that ruling was in C’s best interests. We agree with both of the petitioner’s claims and therefore reverse in part the judgment of the trial court.”)