Caselaw Updates

Caselaw Updates

Filed on
Thursday, June 19, 2014
SUMMARY: Evidence that a mother failed to address her illegal drug use and that the child tested positive for PCP was sufficient to terminate a mother’s parental rights. In January 2013, the State of Nebraska filed a supplemental petition after Na’Rodshae (DOB: January, 2013) tested positive for...Read more
Filed on
Friday, June 13, 2014
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was proper where the mother did not make notable progress in her case plan and continued to use methamphetamine daily. It was not a conflict of interest for the relative adoptive parent to work in the child support section of the county attorney office...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
SUMMARY: Continued protective custody of the children was appropriate where the mother failed to follow a safety plan of appropriately monitoring the children in a case with sexual abuse history. An 8-month time lapse between removal and completion of the Protective Custody Hearing did not violate...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
SUMMARY: There was not clear and convincing evidence that the father knew or believed he was the child’s father so there was insufficient evidence to prove abandonment and, in any event, his incarceration was a circumstance beyond his control that would also preclude a finding of abandonment...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was proper where the child had multiple injuries over several years, where he was diagnosed with psycho-social dwarfism, where he was severely delayed in multiple areas but made quick improvements after being placed in foster care and where the parents failed...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
SUMMARY: An order temporarily suspending the educational rights of the parent is not final and appealable. Nathaniel, born in 2006, was removed from the home of the mother, Ashley, in November 2012 due to abuse and neglect. Nathaniel was adjudicated under 3a in February 2013 and a dispositional...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
SUMMARY: The active efforts requirement of ICWA applies even after the children are returned home to the parent.Rehabilitation plan requirements on medical care were not relevant to the adjudication of inappropriate discipline. Shayla H., DOB 8/01, Shania H., DOB 8/03, and Tanya H., DOB 9/04, were...Read more
Filed on
Friday, May 16, 2014
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was supported by evidence that the parents’ personal deficiencies, including alcohol dependency and domestic violence, prevented them from performing reasonable parental obligations, even though there was evidence that the parents had made some progress. The...Read more
Filed on
Friday, May 16, 2014
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was supported by evidence that the parents’ personal deficiencies, including alcohol dependency and domestic violence, prevented them from performing reasonable parental obligations, even though there was evidence that the parents had made some progress. The...Read more
Filed on
Monday, April 28, 2014
SUMMARY: Adjudication and termination of the father’s parental rights was proper where the child was in out-of-home care for more than two years prior to the motion to terminate parental rights and the father was aware that the child was removed from the home but had only sporadic contact with the...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
SUMMARY: The State’s 3a petition and motion for temporary custody should have been dismissed for failure to set forth allegations under ICWA because the State knew or should have known that ICWA applied. Avery, age 13, and Izabel, age 10, are the children of Katherine. On August 14, 2013, the State...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
SUMMARY: A court’s denial to reinstate visitation when the TPR was set for four months later is temporary and not final and appealable. In November 2010, Nery was removed from the family home pursuant to N.R.S. 43-247(3)(a). On December 8, 2010, a motion to terminate parental rights was filed as to...Read more
Filed on
Thursday, April 17, 2014
SUMMARY: Termination of a father’s parental rights was supported by evidence that the father had not had any physical contact with the child for several years, had never financially supported the child, and was not in a situation to parent due to his incarceration. On November 9, 2010, the State...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
SUMMARY: Evidence was sufficient to establish educational neglect under the juvenile code. A school has no duty to provide reasonable efforts to ensure child attendance when the filing is done as educational neglect under N.R.S. 43-247(3)(a). Laticia was 6 years old during the 2011-12 school year...Read more
Filed on
Friday, April 4, 2014
SUMMARY: Juvenile court did not abuse its discretion in qualifying the DHHS assessment worker as an expert where the worker had 4 ½ years of experience working with families. In addition, adjudication was proper where there was evidence of the mother’s history of drug abuse. The State of Nebraska...Read more

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