LINCOLN, Neb. — A man whose lawyer filed a paternity claim in the wrong court cannot gain custody of his daughter, who was adopted without his consent, the Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled.
The court on Friday upheld a state law that set a 30-day deadline for filing paternity claims. Luke Armour's lawyer filed the petition in time, but in district court instead of county court.
The district court dismissed the case. Armour and his new attorney, Michael Synek, then challenged the 30-day deadline, saying it was too restrictive and unconstitutional because it denies fathers due process.
The Legislature set the deadline after the national uproar in the so-called "Baby Jessica" case involving an Iowa couple who successfully undid the adoption of their baby in 1993.