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TPR — dispositional hearing; proper exercise of discretion

State v. Marquese H., 2013AP565, 2013AP566, & 2013AP567, District 1, 5/21/13; court of appeals decision (1-judge, ineligible for publication); case activity: 2013AP565; 2013AP566; 2013AP567

The circuit court properly exercised its discretion in terminating Marquese H.’s parental rights because it considered the factors under § 48.426(1). The court rejects Marquese’s specific claim that the circuit court erred because, under § 48.426(1)(c) and Darryl T.-H. v. Margaret H., 2000 WI 42, ¶21, 234 Wis. 2d 606, 610 N.W.2d 475, it was required to consider the potentially adverse consequences of severing the family bond between his children and him and his family. “[T]he circuit court did that here,” as it found there was no longer a substantial relationship between Marquese H. and his children and no evidence of a substantial relationship between the children and Marquese H.’s family. (¶¶3-4).

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