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Termination of Parental Rights

WI Court of Appeals – District I

Case Name: State of Wisconsin v. J.M.W.

Case No.: 2020AP1057

Officials: WHITE, J.

Focus: Termination of Parental Rights

J.M.W. appeals the circuit court’s order terminating her parental rights to her child, N.M., on the petition of the Milwaukee County Department of Human Services. She asks this court to reverse the termination order and remand to the circuit court for a new dispositional hearing. She argues that the circuit court erroneously exercised its discretion because it misapplied the “harm to the child” factor when finding that termination of J.M.W.’s rights was in the best interests of the child. For the reasons stated below, we conclude that termination was not an erroneous exercise of discretion, and accordingly, we affirm.

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