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Parental Rights:
M.L.B. v. S.L.J.
Argued: Oct. 7, 1996 Decided: Dec. 16, 1996
Vote: 6 to 3
At Issue: Whether a state, in a case where parental rights are terminated, is violating the principles of due process and equal protection by requiring the parents appealing the decision to be able to pay appeal fees in excess of $2,000.
Decision: The Court ruled that states may not refuse to hear an appeal of a court decision terminating parental rights just because the mother or father cannot pay court fees.

Read the full text of the M.L.B. v. S.L.J. decision at the FindLaw Internet Legal Resources Web site.


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