State on behalf of Marcelo K. & Rycki K. v. Ricky K. (Nebraska 2018)

300 Neb. 170 (Neb. 2018)
June 2018

Only final orders are appealable. By final, the order must dispose of all of the issues. Ricky K. was the acknowledged father of two children. The State filed an action to establish support. Ricky filed an answer and cross-claim, alleging he was not the father of one of the children, and requesting joint custody and visitation for the other child. The disestablishment was referred to a referee. Ultimately, the District Court entered one order disestablishing paternity. The State appealed this order. Then, the District Court entered a second order addressing support for the other child. The Supreme Court found it had no jurisdiction to hear the first order because it was not final. It didn’t address all of the issues in the original complaint and cross–claim.