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Termination of Parental Rights

WI Court of Appeals – District III

Case Name: Brown County Human Services v. T.F.,

Case No.: 2020AP793

Officials: SEIDL, J.

Focus: Termination of Parental Rights

T.F. appeals an order involuntarily terminating her parental rights to her daughter, Allie. At a hearing prior to the jury trial at the grounds phase, the circuit court granted the Brown County Human Services Department’s (the Department) motion in limine prohibiting T.F. from presenting evidence to the jury that she visited or communicated with Allie after the date the Department filed the termination of parental rights (TPR) petition. T.F. argues the court erroneously exercised its discretion by granting the Department’s motion and that the court’s error was not harmless. We agree. Therefore, we reverse the order terminating T.F.’s parental rights to Allie and remand for a new jury trial at the grounds phase of these proceedings consistent with this opinion.

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