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Family Law Keyed to Wadlington
Stanley v. Illinois
Citation:405 U.S. 645
Joan and Peter lived together intermittently for 18 years during which time they had three children. Joan died, and, since under Illinois Law, the children of unwed fathers become wards of the state upon death of the mother, Peter lost his children. They were declared wards of the state and placed with court appointed guardians. Stanley appealed. The state of Illinois continues to respond that unwed fathers are presumed unfit parents before they are separated from the children.
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