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Name: In re T.W.
Case #: B230068
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 2 DCA
Division: 8
Opinion Date: 07/18/2011
Subsequent History: opn. mod. on 7/18/2011

Appeal was dismissed where there was no evidence that mother did not receive written advisement of the writ requirement. Mother appealed from an order terminating her parental rights, contending that she was wrongfully denied reunification services. Mother argued that she was not properly advised of her right to timely file a writ from the disposition hearing because the court clerk mailed the writ notice to her correct address without including the zip code. The appellate court dismissed the appeal, finding that there was no good cause for mother to be relieved of the writ requirement. Mother does not claim she did not receive writ notice, but only that an incomplete address is insufficient notice. In fact, a missing zip code would not prevent, though it might delay delivery. Mother’s attorney received oral notice, but did not file any appeal. There was no legitimate basis for concluding that mother did not receive written notice of the writ requirement.