Snyder, Hannah R
No. JS518523 / HANNAH RENEE SNYDER
PRIVATE PETITION TO SEVER PARENTAL RIGHTS
KUIPERS LAW PLLC 1201 S. Alma School Road Ste. 12750 Mesa, AZ 85210 Telephone: 602/638-3790 Ben@KuipersLaw.com Benjamin S. Kuipers, #027746 Attorney for Mother on behalf of Minor Child
IN THE JUVENILE COURT OF THE STATE OF ARIZONA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF MARICOPA
In the Matter of: HANNAH RENEE SNYDER, DOB: 11/19/2008
COMES NOW, Mother, ERIN SNYDER-ROY on behalf of minor child Hannah Renee Snyder, DOB 11/19/2008, enters her Petition to Sever Parental Rights respectfully requests that this Court sever Father's parental rights and alleges as follows:
1. Father of the minor child is one Frederick D. Vargas, of 5956 Avenida La Barranca, Albuquerque, NM 87114.
2. Father has not seen, nor communicated with the child in more than four years despite having the legal capacity to do so.
3. From the time of the child's birth, biological father has not been a consistent, an active, or a positive participant in her life. In fact, in the only prior family court action in 2011 in New Mexico (D-202-DM-201 104562, State of New Mexico, Second Judicial District Court, County of Bernallilo), biological father not only received no specific parenting time, but was awarded no decision-making. That Court found at the time that Erin Snyder and father, Frederick Vargas, were unmarried adults who conceived a child together, that the child is Hannah Snyder, and that the child is not an Indian child. The Court determined that Mother Erin Snyder should be, and was granted sole legal decision making, primary physical custody, and that Father Frederick Vargas was awarded reasonable parenting time consistent with the child's best interests. The Court also determined that Father at that time had spent little to no time with the minor child, that warrants had been issued for Father, that Father had an extensive criminal record, including four (4) DUIs, Felony Aggravated Battery, Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle, an extensive history of domestic violence against Mother Erin Snyder, and has threatened to kill Mother and the minor child Hannah Snyder. Father is again charged with multiple criminal charges including new felony charges in New Mexico.
4. In 2014, Mother and the minor child Hannah Snyder permanently moved to Arizona.
5. On 06/05/2017, an Affidavit of Service noticing the registration of custody determination under A.R.S. 25-1055 Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act here in Maricopa County was filed. That case number is captioned FC2017-093270. Under this case, the final order mentioned above from New Mexico concerning this minor child at issue, was domesticated to Arizona jurisdiction.
6. In that prior action in New Mexico, the Court found substantial evidence of domestic violence in the relationship. Father is an extremely toxic, negative influence on the minor child's life, and should his rights not be terminated, the minor child would suffer irreparable harm.
7. Biological father has been imprisoned within the past five years for periods of time, but has had multiple occasions when he has been able to attempt to parent the minor child, nor has he been forbidden by court order or order of protection from contacting the child, nor obstructed from exercising his opportunities to parent by Mother.
8. Accordingly, Mother requests that this Court grant her Petition to Sever parental rights of the Respondent and to allow the minor child to be adopted by her step-father on the basis of Mr. Vargas's abandonment of the minor child, his extensive criminal history and life-time dedication to violent crime and incarceration, his extensive history of substance abuse, and on the basis of all of these establishing that the best interests of the minor child are advanced and protected through the severance of the parental rights of Mr. Vargas. The minor child would be far better off with the stability of the father figure who loves and cares for her becoming her legal father and protector than with the shadow of the criminal who now legally is her father at present.
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED THIS 22nd Day of June, 2017 by: KUIPERS LAW, PLLC By: /s/ Benjamin S. Kuipers Attorney for Minor Child
11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 2017 editions Arizona Capitol Times