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Kingsley v. Kingsley

Significance, A Child As A Person, Improper Parental Comparisons, Impact, Further Readings


Rachel Kingsley


Gregory Kingsley, Jerri A. Blair, the George Russ family, and the State of Florida

Appellant's Claim

That a minor has no legal right to terminate parental rights solely on his own initiative.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Jane E. Carey

Chief Lawyer for Appellees

George H. Russ

Judges for the Court

George N. Diamantis (writing for the court), Jacqueline R. Griffin

Judges Dissenting

Charles M. Harris


Daytona Beach, Florida

Date of Decision

18 August 1993


Ruled in favor of Gregory Kingsley by finding that clear and convincing evidence of abandonment supported termination.

Related Cases

  • Santosky v. Kramer, 455 U.S. 745 (1982).
  • Padgett v. Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, 577 So.2d 565 (1991).
  • Twigg v. Mays, WL 330624 (Fla. Cir. Cty. 1993).
  • Smith v. Langford, 255 So.2d 712 (1997).

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