J.C. and E.C
from Talladega Juvenile Court JU-18-100015.03 and
Horn, Talladega, for appellant.
Kathleen Fuller, Childersburg, guardian ad litem.
February 2, 2018, B.C.J. and C.J. filed in the Talladega
Juvenile Court ("the juvenile court") petitions
seeking to have J.R.J. and K.M.J. ("the children")
declared dependent and an award of custody of the
children. Those dependency petitions
were assigned case numbers JU-18-100015.01 and
JU-18-100016.01 ("the .01 actions"). The record
indicates that B.C.J. is the half brother of the children.
B.C.J. is the son of J.J., the children's
father. N.Z. is the mother of the children.
The testimony of the parties and comments by the
juvenile-court judge indicate that the juvenile court
ordered, either orally or in writing, that B.C.J. and C.J.
were awarded pendente lite custody of the children in March
2018 so that the children could be enrolled in
31, 2018, R.E. and S.E., who are C.J.'s parents, also
filed dependency petitions pertaining to the children, and
those petitions were assigned case numbers JU-18-100015.02
and JU-18-100016.02 ("the .02 actions").
August 30, 2018, J.C. and E.C. filed in the juvenile court
petitions seeking to have the children declared dependent and
an award of custody of the children. J.C. and E.C.'s
dependency petitions were assigned case numbers
JU-18-100015.03 and JU-18-100016.03 ("the .03
actions"). On October 1, 2018, the juvenile court
entered an order in the .02 actions and in one of the.03
actions in which it determined that the children were, at
that time, living in the home of J.C. and E.C., and it
awarded pendente lite custody of the children to J.C. and
juvenile court conducted an ore tenus hearing on all of the
pending actions on November 2, 2018. At that hearing, C.J.
testified that she no longer wished to pursue the .01 actions
because she and B.C.J. had separated; B.C.J. did not appear
at the ore tenus hearing. Also at that hearing, S.E.
testified that, because of family and health reasons, she and
R.E. could no longer prosecute the .02 actions. On November
14, 2018, the juvenile court entered orders dismissing the
.01 actions and the.02 actions. The .03 actions remained
pending at that time.
January 17, 2019, the juvenile court entered judgments in the
.03 actions in which it found the children dependent and
awarded custody of the children to J.C. and E.C. Each parent
filed a postjudgment motion, and the juvenile court entered
an order denying those motions. The mother timely appealed to
this court from the January 17, 2019, judgments; the father
is not a party to these appeals.
time of the November 2, 2018, hearing, K.M.J. was 13 years
J.R.J. was 12 years old. The children had lived with their
mother in Florida ...