Father and Mother divorced in 2003. Father sporadically exercised his parent-time with the parties’ minor child. On one visit, when mother picked up the child, the child smelled of marijuana. On that basis, Mother obtained a protective order, which prohibited Father’s contact with the child from February 2004 to December 2005. In December 2005, Mother filed a Petition to Terminate Father’s Rights. It was denied. Because the parents could not get along, Father’s mother would arrange the visits. After a visit on April 1, 2007, Mother ceased to take Grandmother’s calls. In 2007, Mother reinitiated her attempts to terminate Father’s parental rights on the grounds of abandonment.
Full opinion available at: http://www.utcourts.gov/opinions/supopin/TE082311.pdf