NOTICE OF SUMMONS
IN THE JUVENILE COURT OF COWETA COUNTY
STATE OF GEORGIA
IN THE INTEREST OF:
NAME: J. M. ]
SEX: MALE ] JUVENILE ACTION
AGE: 4 YEARS ] FILE NO. 14-DP-000180
DOB: 03/07/2010 ]
Child(ren) Under the Age of 18
TO: FRANCHESCA DAVIS, and any and all other persons with a parental interest in the above child
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 October, 2014, 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 child has 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 child’s best interest, (b the father has wantonly and willfully failed to comply for a period of 12 months or longer with a decree to support his child that has been entered by a court of competent jurisdiction of this or any other state, (c) that the parents have abandoned the child, and (d) 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.
A copy of the petition to terminate parental rights may be obtained by contacting the clerk of court at (706) 883-1735. A court hearing of your case has been scheduled for the 2nd day of February, 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.
WITNESS THE HONORABLE JOSEPH WYANT, JR., JUDGE OF SAID COURT.
This ____ day of __________________, 2014.
Clerk, Juvenile Court of Coweta County