NOTICE OF SUMMONS
IN THE JUVENILE COURT OF COWETA COUNTY
STATE OF GEORGIA
IN THE INTEREST OF:
JUVENILE ACTION FILE NO. _________
AGE: 8 YEARS
JUVENILE ACTION FILE NO. _________
AGE: 5 YEARS
Child(ren) Under the Age of 18
TO: ALL MALES OF THE WORLD, and any and all other persons with a parental interest in the above children
NOTICE OF EFFECT OF TERMINATION JUDGMENT
Georgia law provides that you can permanently lose your rights as a parent. A petition to terminate parental rights has been filed on the 22nd day of July, 2015, requesting the court to terminate your parental rights to your child.
The grounds alleged in the termination of parental rights petition include (a) that the children have been in foster for 15 months or more of the most recent 22 months, and there are no reasons why termination of parental rights would not be in the children’s best interest; (b) the parents have subjected the children to aggravated circumstances; (c) the parents have wantonly and willfully failed to comply for a period of 12 months or longer with a decree to support their children that has been entered by a court of competent jurisdiction of this or any other state; (d) the parents have abandoned the children; (e) that the child is dependent due to lack of proper parental care and control and the continued dependency will cause or is likely to cause serious physical, mental, emotional, or moral harm to such children; (f) the parents excessive use of or history of chronic unrehabilitated substance abuse with the effect of rendering them incapable of providing adequately for the physical, mental, emotional, or moral condition and needs of the children; (g) the parents physical, mental, or emotional neglect of the children and evidence of the parents’ past physical, mental, or emotional neglect of another child(ren); and (h) the parents without justifiable cause, have failed significantly for a period of six months prior, to develop and maintain a parental bond with the children in a meaningful, supportive manner, to provide for the care and support of the children as required by law or judicial decree, and to comply with a court ordered plan designed to reunite such parents with his or her children.
A copy of the petition to terminate parental rights may be obtained by contacting the clerk of court at (770)254-3730. A court hearing of your case has been scheduled for the 9th day of November, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. at the Juvenile Court of Coweta County, located at 78 Greenville Street, Newnan, GA 30263. If you fail to appear, the court can terminate your rights in your absence.
If the court at the trial finds that the facts set out in the petition to terminate parental rights are true and that termination of your rights will serve the best interests of your child, the court can enter a judgment ending your rights to your child.
If the judgment terminates your parental rights, you will no longer have any rights to your child. This means that you will not have the right to visit, contact, or have custody of your child or make any decisions affecting your child or your child’s earnings or property. Your child will be legally freed to be adopted by someone else.
Even if your parental rights are terminated:
(1) You will still be responsible for providing financial support (child support payments) for your child’s care unless and until your child is adopted; and
(2) Your child can still inherit from you unless and until your child is adopted.
This is a very serious matter. You should contact an attorney immediately so that you can be prepared for the court hearing. You have the right to hire an attorney and to have him or her represent you. If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, the court will appoint an attorney if the court finds that you are an indigent person. Whether or not you decide to hire and attorney, you have the right to attend the hearing of your case, to call witnesses on your behalf, and to question those witnesses brought against you.
Notice to Biological Fathers who are not Legal Fathers:
Pursuant to O.C.G.A. §15-11-283(c), the biological father who is not the legal father is hereby notified that he will lose all rights to the children named in this petition and will not be entitled to object to termination of his parental rights to his children unless, within thirty (30) days of his receipt of notice he files:
(1) a petition to legitimate such child; and
(2) notice of filing of the petition to legitimate with the Juvenile Court of Troup County, in which action is pending.
Pursuant to O.C.G.A. §15-11-283(e), said biological father is also notified that the court may enter an order terminating all the parental rights of a biological father, including any right to object thereafter to such proceedings:
(1) who fails to file a timely petition to legitimate the child named in a petition brought pursuant to this article and notice in accordance with subsection (c) of this Code Section;(2) Whose petition to legitimate is subsequently dismissed for failure to prosecute; or
(3) Whose petition to legitimate does not result in a court order finding that he is the legal father of the child named in a petition brought pursuant this article.
WITNESS THE HONORABLE JOSEPH WYANT, JR., JUDGE OF SAID COURT.
This ____ day of __________________, 2015.
Clerk, Juvenile Court of Coweta County