Caselaw Updates

Caselaw Updates

Filed on
Tuesday, April 24, 2001
SUMMARY: The juvenile court did not abuse its discretion in denying parents’ motions to continue proceedings or to allow the mother to participate telephonically. Evidence was sufficient to support termination of parental rights where the mother refused and neglected to give necessary parental care...Read more
Filed on
Wednesday, April 18, 2001
SUMMARY: Juvenile court gave collateral estoppel effect to the findings in siblings proceeding that parents had failed to provide proper parental care. Parents of Jaden H. had parental rights to two other children (Destiny and Suede) terminated under §43-247(3)(a) in a previous proceeding. The...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, October 10, 2000
SUMMARY: When children are adjudicated and under the jurisdiction of a juvenile court, the parental preference doctrine is not controlling and the best interests of the children is the proper test. <br />&nbsp; County court for Dodge County granted consent for Cole C. and Patricia C., the...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, June 6, 2000
SUMMARY: Change of placement was affirmed after all parties working with family agreed it was in child’s best interest to return to legal guardian after sexual contact by siblings. The state filed a petition in juvenile court that alleged Tanisha’s two older brothers had sexual contact with her...Read more
Filed on
Friday, March 3, 2000
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was proper where there was evidence that the parents were unwilling or unable to learn necessary parenting skills and had not developed a bond with the children. Lisa (DOB 1/22/1996) was removed from her parents’ care on March 22 due to an unsafe and...Read more
Filed on
Friday, February 11, 2000
SUMMARY: A denial of a motion to dismiss the motion for termination of parental rights and of a motion for visitation is not a final order the can be directly appealed, because the denial does not affect substantial rights. Clifford (DOB 2/17/1990), Collette (DOB 2/1/1992) and Chelsea (DOB 12/28/...Read more
Filed on
Friday, January 14, 2000
SUMMARY: Termination of a mother’s parental rights was in the children’s best interest where there was evidence of the mother’s debauchery and habitual drug use, even though the court erred in allowing evidence of mental deficiency when there was no allegation of a mother’s mental deficiency. On...Read more
Filed on
Friday, October 29, 1999
SUMMARY: The fact that the father was incarcerated due to beating his wife was sufficient to support termination of the father’s parental rights because he neglected and refused to provide his daughter necessary care and protection. On December 4, 1996, a petition was filed alleging Kalie (DOB 12/2...Read more
Filed on
Friday, August 13, 1999
SUMMARY: It is not unconstitutional for the guardian ad litem to perform both the investigatory duties of a guardian ad litem and bring and try a motion to terminate parental rights as authorized in Neb. Rev. Stat. section 43-272.01(2). As a ground for termination under 43-292(6), the...Read more
Filed on
Friday, April 2, 1999
SUMMARY: A prior adjudication is not required for the termination of parental rights brought under Neb Rev. Stat. section 43-292(1) through (5). Joshua, then age 9, was voluntarily placed in foster care in April 1995 while the mother, Mitzi, was incarcerated. Joshua was adjudicated under Neb. Rev...Read more
Filed on
Friday, April 2, 1999
SUMMARY: A prior adjudication is not required for the termination of parental rights brought under Neb Rev. Stat. section 43-292(1) through (5). Joshua, then age 9, was voluntarily placed in foster care in April 1995 while the mother, Mitzi, was incarcerated. Joshua was adjudicated under Neb. Rev...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, March 16, 1999
SUMMARY: Order of contempt requiring DHHS to pay $1,000 fine for filing case plan and court report one day late was invalid. A petition was filed 1/21/98 as to Simon H.; Simon was adjudicated on 5/13/98. At the adjudication hearing, the court asked the caseworker for the Department of Health and...Read more
Filed on
Friday, December 18, 1998
SUMMARY: An order declining to establish a rehabilitation plan is a final, appealable order. Declining to adopt a rehabilitation plan was not in error where the parents refuse to acknowledge the severity of the child’s injuries and the child requires constant care in an institutionalized setting...Read more
Filed on
Thursday, April 23, 1998
SUMMARY: Preadjudication and postadjudication detention hearings are dispositional in nature and strict rules of evidence are not applied to dispositional hearings, thus allowing caseworker hearsay testimony to be admitted. Gloria, 12 years of age, entered foster care in March 1993. Parental rights...Read more
Filed on
Friday, February 27, 1998
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights reversed after de novo review of record. Hearsay evidence was ruled inadmissible after analysis of due process. Larry G, father of Constance G, appealed the juvenile court’s decision to terminate parental rights. The court of appeals reversed and the rights...Read more

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