RECORD IMPOUNDED NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE DIVISION This opinion shall not "constitute precedent or be binding upon any court ." Although it is posted on the internet, this opinion is binding only on the parties in the case and its use in other cases is limited. R. 1:36-3. SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY APPELLATE DIVISION DOCKET NO. A-4185-19 NEW JERSEY DIVISION OF CHILD PROTECTION AND PERMANENCY, Plaintiff-Respondent, v. C.E.G. a/k/a G.-L., M.E.P., and J.M.E. a/k/a J.E.M., Defendants, and S.A.L., Defendant-Appellant. ___________________________ IN THE MATTER OF THE GUARDIANSHIP OF C.G.P.G., D.A.P., A.A.L.G., N.A.L.G., D.O.L.G., and J.J.M.G., minors. ___________________________ Submitted September 20, 2021 – Decided October 14, 2021 Before Judges Messano and Rose. On appeal from the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Family Part, Morris County, Docket No. FG-14-0021-20. Joseph E. Krakora, Public Defender, attorney for appellant (Robyn A. Veasey, Deputy Public Defender, of counsel; Victor E. Ramos, Assistant Deputy Public Defender, of counsel and on the briefs). Andrew J. Bruck, Attorney General, attorney for respondent (Sookie Bae-Park, Assistant Attorney General, of counsel; Peter D. Alvino, Deputy Attorney General, on the brief). Joseph E. Krakora, Public Defender, Law Guardian, attorney for minors A.A.L.G., N.A.L.G. and D.O.L.G. (Maria Emilia Borges, Assistant Deputy Public Defender, on the brief). PER CURIAM Defendant S.A.L. (defendant or Sean) 1 appeals from a June 30, 2020 judgment of guardianship terminating his parental rights to his biological sons, A.A.L.G. (Adam), born in January 2013, N.A.L.G. (Noel), born in January 2014, and D.O.L.G. (Duke), born in October 2015, and granting guardianship of the children to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency. The judgment also terminated the parental rights of C.E.G. (Carla) to the boys and their half - 1 We use initials and pseudonyms to protect the confidentiality of the parties and to preserve the confidentiality of these proceedings. R. 1:38-3(d)(12). A-4185-19 2 brothers, C.G.P.G., (Carlos), born in March 2008, D.A.P. (Damian), born in September 2009, and J.J.M.G. (Joel), born in August 2018, following Carla's voluntary surrender of all six children at the close of evidence in the guardianship trial. 2 Carla does not appeal from the judgment or otherwise participate in this appeal, but her conduct is relevant to the issues raised by defendant. He seeks reversal, arguing the Division failed to prove all four prongs of N.J.S.A. 30:4C-15.1(a) by clear and convincing evidence. Among other issues, defendant's overlapping arguments challenge the testimony of the State's expert witness. The Office of Law Guardian joins the Division in supporting the judgment. Following written submissions of the parties, the trial judge issued an oral decision finding the Division satisfied the four-prong test by clear and convincing evidence and held that termination was in the children's best interests. In re Guardianship of K.H.O., 161 N.J. 337, 347-48 (1999). Based on our review of the record and applicable law, we cannot discern on this record whether the Division satisfied three of the four best interest prongs. 2 The judgment also terminated the parental rights of …

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