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Name: In re Vincent S.
Case #: B146018
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 2 DCA
Division: 3
Opinion Date: 10/12/2001
Subsequent History: Rev. denied 1/3/02.
Summary

The trial court erred when it terminated mother’s parental rights in a proceeding separate from the one in which father’s rights were terminated. California Rules of Court, rule 1463(a), requires that the termination of both parents’ rights occur in one hearing. The point of the rule is to insure that the child will be freed for adoption following termination. Although the trial court committed a procedural error, however, it was harmless. Father’s rights were also terminated five months later, and the child was freed for adoption. Therefore, the result would not have been different had the parents’ rights been terminated simultaneously.