Family Law Keyed to Weisberg
Stanley v. Illinois
Joan Stanley lived with Peter Stanley, appellant, intermittently for 18 years, during which time they had three children. Under Illinois law the children of unwed fathers became wards of the State upon death of the mother. When Joan died a dependency proceeding was instituted by the State and appellant’s children were declared wards of the State and placed with court-appointed guardians. Appellant appealed upon the fact that he had never been shown to be an unfit parent and that since married fathers and unwed mothers could not be deprived of their children without such a showing, he had been deprived of the equal protection of laws guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment.
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