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General summons statute for ch. 48 doesn’t provide basis for grandparents to intervene in CHIPS proceeding

Renee B. v. Dane County DHS, 2013AP2273, District 4, 4/10/14; court of appeals decision (1-judge; ineligible for publication); case activity

A circuit court’s decision to give grandparents notices of CHIPS hearings under the ch. 48 summons statute, § 48.27(2), doesn’t mean the grandparents have the right to intervene in the proceeding. While David S. v. Laura S.179 Wis. 2d 114, 507 N.W.2d 94 (1993), held that the general intervenor statute, § 803.09, does not apply to TPR proceedings, and that parties to the proceeding are determined by § 48.42(2)which prescribes who must be summoned, that holding doesn’t turn a summons statute into an intervenor statute:

¶14      Renee and Jay misconstrue the supreme court’s holding in David S. The court in David S. did not conclude that Wis. Stat. § 48.42(2) dictates who may intervene in TPR proceedings. Rather, the court narrowly determined that the general intervenor statute, Wis. Stat. § 803.09, does not apply to TPR proceedings. Thus, intervention in a TPR proceeding may not be achieved through that statute. Furthermore, even if Renee and Jay are correct that the supreme court effectively held in David S. that intervention in a TPR proceeding is controlled by the summons statute for TPR proceedings, Renee and Jay have not developed an argument as to why a supreme court holding specific to a TPR proceeding and a TPR specific statute is likewise applicable to a CHIPS proceeding. …

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