LINCOLN — A 15-year-old youth has lost his attempt to obtain custody of his son after the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled he was too young to make such a legal request.
The court's ruling Friday cited state statutes and common law, which state that minors are “considered to be under a legal disability” and are unable to sue or be sued because of their age. A “guardian or best friend,” the court ruled, must file any lawsuits on behalf of a minor.
The Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit brought by the minor, identified as Carlos H., after finding he lacked the right to file it.
The Sarpy County case involved the birth of a boy in August 2010. The baby was put up for adoption by his 15-year-old biological mother at birth. — Paul Hammel