Nebraska Supreme Court Accepts Challenge to No-Fault Divorce
- Posted by Mary's Advocates
- On June 6, 2020
by Bai Macfarlane
Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Nebraska scheduled for oral arguments a challenge against the constitutionality of unilateral no-fault divorce. On September 3, 2020, attorney Bob Sullivan will appear before the state Supreme Court at 9:00 a.m. to discuss the appeal he made against an Adams county judge’s no-fault divorce order. Besides being an attorney, Sullivan is a regular contributor to the Southern Nebraska Register, a Catholic Newspaper in Lincoln.
Mary’s Advocates has been covering the story since the petition for no-fault divorce was submitted in November of 2018.
No-fault divorce violates the defendant’s constitutional right to due process and equal protection under the law, says Sullivan. Because the appeal deals with a constitutional question, Sullivan asked the case to be decided by the Nebraska Supreme Court, not the intermediate Court of Appeals
Publicity of Nebraska Supreme Court Arguments
The Nebraska Supreme Court and Court of Appeals upload digital audio files of appellate court proceedings held before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals to the Judicial Branch web-site https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov within 24-hours of the close of arguments for the day, unless otherwise directed by the Court. All oral arguments of the Nebraska Supreme Court and Court of Appeals are televised live from the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals courtrooms from Nebraska Educational Television’s Live 8: On Demand: State Government website, http://netnebraska.org/basic-page/television/live-demand-state-government. Video and Audio is uploaded for the full argument session and found on the Judicial Branch website, archives HERE.
Nov. 12, 2018 – Wife’s Complaint for Divorce
Dec. 20, 2018 – Husband’s Motion to Dismiss
Feb. 1, 1019 – District Judge Harder Court Overrules Motion to Dismiss
April 3, 2019 – Husband’s Answer to Divorce Complaint
June 20, 2019 – Trial, Mary’s Advocate obtained Defendant’s Closing Arguments.
June 20, 2019 – Husband notify Nebraska Attorney General and US A.G.
Aug. 28, 2019 – District Judge Illingworth Court Divorce Decree of Dissolution
Sept. 6, 2019 – Husband Notice of Appeals
Sept. 6, 2019 – Court of Appeals Received and Assign Case Number
Sept. 12, 2019 – Wife’s Motion to Exclude husband from home
Sept. 17, 2019 – Hearing Schedule for Sept. 23 to decide whether to Exclude (evict).
Nov. 12, 2019 – Judge orders husband leave home on Dec. 6 w/ Sheriff enforcement
Dec. 23, 2019 – Husband asks Nebraska Supreme Court to decide case
Dec. 23, 2019 – Husband submits his argument, Brief of Appellant
Updated August 20, 2020. Thomas More Society’s submits amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief
Updated Sept. 3, 2020. Video of Oral Argument
Updated Oct. 9, 2020. Nebraska Supreme Court Opinion