October 22, 2023

AC 46214

Father appealed the termination of his parental rights and the denial of a motion to transfer permanent legal guardianship to the children’s maternal grandmother. Father’s sole claim on appeal was that the trial court improperly denied the motion for a permanent transfer of guardianship.

The Court here held that the Appeals Court lacked subject matter jurisdiction over Father’s appeal.  He lacked standing to bring the appeal because he was not aggrieved by the trial court’s decision denying the motion for permanent transfer of guardianship, since his parental rights had been terminated, and, in the absence of any challenge to those final judgments, he no longer had a specific, personal and legal interest that was specially and injuriously affected by the trial court’s denial of the motion.