This article examines the history of unwed fathers’ rights in adoption as set forth by the United States Supreme Court and the Nebraska Supreme Court. It also identifies and discusses the changes L.B. 712 made in Nebraska law and how those changes improved the validity of Nebraska adoptions. Finally, this article analyzes United States Supreme Court and Nebraska Supreme Court decisions reached after L.B. 712 went into effect in September 1995. Ultimately, this article concludes that L.B. 712 and its related provisions can withstand both a due process and equal protection challenge under the reasoning and analysis employed by the courts at this time.
Susan Kubert Sapp,
Easing the Delivery of Adoption Reform in Nebraska: L.B. 712,
76 Neb. L. Rev.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/nlr/vol76/iss4/8