Matter of J.D.F.

20100051 Matter of J.D.F., a minor child

D.D.F. and C.A.F., Petitioners and Appellants
v.
North Dakota Department of
Human Services, Respondent
and
G.V.D., Respondent and Appellee

Appeal from: District Court, South Central Judicial District, Burleigh County
Judge Gail Hagerty
Nature of Action: Termination/Parental Rights
Counsel:
Appellant: Jaclyn Marie Stebbins
Appellee: Bradley D. Peterson
Guard. ad litem: Patricia E. Garrity
Term: 06/2010   Argument: 06/08/2010  1:30pm
ND cite: 2010 ND 160
NW cite: 787 N.W.2d 738

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Issues: Appellant's Statement of the Issues:
I.Whether the petitioners timely filed their notice of appeal within the sixty day period under N.D. R. App. P. 4.
II.Whether the district court erred when it denied petitioners' request to terminate G.V.D.'s parental rights and dismissed petitioners' petition for adoption.
III.Whether the district court erred when it ordered the petitioners to pay for half the expense of the guardian ad litem.


Appellee's Statement of the Issues:
I. Whether the trial court committed reversible err when it held D.D.F. and C.A.F. failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence the necessary elements to support the termination of a parent-child relationship in the context of a stepparent adoption proceeding.
II. Whether Rule 2.2 of the North Dakota Rules of Appellate Procedure prohibits the North Dakota Supreme Court from considering this appeal.

Appellee's Statement of the Issues:
1.The Guardian ad Litem did not lose standing to continue to advocate for the minor child by withdrawing the report and recommendation filed prior to trial.
2.The trial court did not abuse its' discretion by ordering D.D.F. and C.A.F. to pay one-half of the fees of the Guardian ad Litem.
3.The Guardian ad Litem (GAL) agrees with G.V.D.'s statement of the issues in addition to those set forth above. The GAL takes no position regarding the issue involving Rule 2.2 N.D. R. App.P.

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Docket entries:
102/16/2010 NOTICE OF APPEAL: 02/12/2010
202/16/2010 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT: 02/12/2010
302/16/2010 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION: Sandstrom, Dale V.
402/17/2010 MOTION to Dismiss & Brief/Support. RspDue: 03/01/2010
502/22/2010 Received Sealed Key to Redacted Text of Transcript of December 16, 2009.
602/22/2010 DISK - Transcript dated 12-16-09 (TRA filed in the ROA)
702/24/2010 Response To Motion to Dismiss Filed (e-filed)
802/24/2010 EFILED RESPONSE (Response to Motion/Dismiss)
902/24/2010 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF (Sua Sponte to reset briefing schedule because of OTR)
1002/24/2010 ACTION BY CLERK MAT (Sua Sponte). Granted: 03/24/2010
1103/03/2010 Action on the Motion to Dismiss is deferred until consideration of the merits & further briefing
1203/12/2010 RECORD ON APPEAL & separates
1303/16/2010 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF & Affidavit in Support
1403/16/2010 E-FILED MOTION (Mot/Ext/ATB)
1503/16/2010 ACTION BY CLERK (Mot/Ext/ATB). Granted: 03/31/2010
1603/31/2010 APPELLANT BRIEF (e-filed) PDF
1703/31/2010 E-FILED BRIEF (ATB) PDF
1803/31/2010 APPELLANT APPENDIX (e-filed) PDF
1903/31/2010 E-FILED APPENDIX (ATA) PDF
2004/01/2010 Received $25 e-filing surcharge and $33.50 ATA surcharge (Receipt #19429).
2104/06/2010 Received copies of ATB from CSD
2204/06/2010 Received copies of ATA from CSD
2304/20/2010 APPELLEE BRIEF (G.V.D.)
2404/20/2010 DISK-AEB (G.V.D.)
2504/29/2010 APPELLEE BRIEF (Guardian ad Litem)
2604/29/2010 DISK-AEB (Guardian ad Litem) e-mailed
2705/10/2010 REPLY BRIEF of Appellants (e-filed)
2805/10/2010 E-FILED BRIEF (RYB)
2905/12/2010 Received 7 copies of RYB from CSD
3005/18/2010 NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
3105/20/2010 SITTING WITH THE COURT: Schmalenberger, Allan L.
3206/08/2010 APPEARANCES: Jackie M. Stebbins and David R. Bliss; Bradley D. Peterson; GAL Patricia E. Garrity
3306/08/2010 ARGUED: Stebbins; Peterson; Garrity
3406/08/2010 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
3508/20/2010 NO ACTION TAKEN (Motion to Dismiss)
3608/20/2010 DISPOSITION: AFFIRMED
3708/20/2010 UNANIMOUS OPINION: VandeWalle, Gerald W.
3808/20/2010 Costs on appeal taxed in favor of appellee
3908/20/2010 Judgment Sent to Parties
4009/14/2010 MANDATE
4109/16/2010 RECEIPT SIGNED BY DISTRICT COURT CLERK'S OFFICE

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