After the very active month of June, the Georgia appellate courts issued only one family law related case in July 2019:
Termination of Parental Rights // Appeals
In the Interest of T.S., a child, Case No. A19A0223, Georgia Court of Appeals, July 1, 2019.
An amended or corrected order extends the time for filing an appeal or discretionary application. The trial court clearly believed that the correction in the amended order was material, and thus, intended for the amended order to be the final order.
The father was not properly served with the dependency petition. However, once service was perfected, he paid child support, progressed on the reunification case plan, and otherwise improved his living situation. Yet, based on evidence accrued prior to the father being properly served, the trial court erroneously declared the child dependent, and terminated the father’s parental rights. The Court of Appeals reversed, holding that the trial court’s finding that the dependency was likely to continue was not supported by clear and convincing evidence.