WI Court of Appeals – District I
Case Name: State of Wisconsin v. E. M. A.
Case No.: 2023AP002043
Officials: Donald, P.J.
Focus: Termination of Parental Rights
Emma appeals from the circuit court orders terminating her parental rights to her children: Ivan, Andrew, and Maddie. Emma argues that the circuit court erroneously exercised its discretion when it weighed the factors detailed in WIS. STAT. § 48.426(3) and found that it was in the best interests of the children to terminate Emma’s parental rights. The State and Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for the children maintain that the circuit court properly exercised its discretion. This court agrees with the State and GAL. it is clear that the circuit court considered the appropriate standard and all of the statutory factors when it determined that terminating Emma’s parental rights was in each child’s best interests. The court concludes that the circuit court explained its findings with respect to each factor for each child. Additionally, the circuit court’s findings are supported by evidence in the record. Ultimately, the circuit court examined the relevant facts, applied the proper standard of law and, using a demonstrated rational process, reached a conclusion that a reasonable judge could reach.