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Termination of parental rights is proper where only one of the statutory grounds for termination is established

The court held that the trial court properly terminated the respondent-mother's parental rights to the two children where at least one statutory ground for termination was established by clear and convincing evidence and termination was in the children's best interests. As to § 19b(3)(i), respondent admitted that her parental rights were terminated for two of her children in 2004 because she failed to protect one of them from serious physical abuse from her boyfriend. She acknowledged that the serious physical abuse resulted in the child "suffering a subdural hematoma, retinal hemorrhaging, and broken ribs; and that she delayed in obtaining medical care for the child." In 2008, her parental rights were terminated to another child after that child tested positive for marijuana at birth. Respondent received services before her rights to these children were terminated, but failed to complete her program. On appeal, respondent did not challenge § 19b(3)(i) as a statutory ground for termination. Thus, she abandoned any argument as to this ground. Nor did the court find any error in the trial court's ruling, as it appeared undisputed that respondent's parental rights to the children's siblings were terminated. Because only one statutory ground for termination need be established, her arguments as to the other statutory grounds were moot and not considered. Affirmed.

Antenuptial agreement held to be valid and enforceable

The court held that the parties' antenuptial agreement was valid and enforceable, concluding that to invalidate it on the basis of one party's fault would contravene the agreement's clear and unambiguous language, and that as a matter of law, the...

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