Nebraska High Court: Biological Father Has No Right

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday that a biological father who went years without knowing he had a daughter has no right to intervene in her custody arrangement with the man who raised her as his own.

The opinion issued Friday says Todd Withrow, of St. Louis, Missouri, had reason to suspect Omaha resident Amy Long was pregnant but for 10 years did nothing to determine whether he was the child's biological father. The court says Withrow waited too long to establish paternity rights.

The girl has been living with Jeffrey Bulduc. Long had told him he was the girl's father.

Long sought in 2009 to change that custody arrangement. A lower court allowed Withrow to intervene in that case and awarded him custody. But the high court overturned that decision.

The decision can be read online by CLICKING HERE.

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