Maura Alonzo-Baltazar De Mateo, appellant.
Mateo N. Mateo-Cristobal, appellee.
Statutes. Statutory interpretation presents
a question of law.
Jurisdiction: Appeal and Error. Before
reaching the legal issues presented for review, it is the
duty of an appellate court to determine whether it has
jurisdiction over the matter before it.
___. An appellate court has a duty to determine whether it
has jurisdiction over the matter before it irrespective of
whether the issue of jurisdiction was raised or considered by
the district court.
Appeal and Error. Plain error is error
plainly evident from the record and of such a nature that to
leave it uncorrected would result in damage to the integrity,
reputation, or fairness of the judicial process.
Courts: Jurisdiction: Child Custody: Federal
Acts. Courts with jurisdiction over an "initial
child custody determination" as that term is used in
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 43-1238(a) (Cum. Supp. 2018) also have
jurisdiction and authority to make special findings of fact
similar to those contemplated by 8 U.S.C. §
Child Custody: Words and Phrases.
"Child custody proceeding" is defined under Neb.
Rev. Stat. § 43-1227(4) (Reissue 2016) as a proceeding
in which legal custody, physical custody, or visitation with
respect to a child is an issue and includes a proceeding for
divorce in which the issue of custody or visitation may
Appeal and Error. An appellate court will
not consider an issue on appeal that was not passed upon by
the trial court.
from the District Court for Douglas County: Duane C.
Dougherty, Judge. Reversed and remanded for further
Neb.App. 970] William P. Crawford, of Kendall Law Office, PC,
L.L.O., for appellant.
appearance for appellee.
Pirtle, Riedmann, and Welch, Judges.
Alonzo-Baltazar De Mateo (De Mateo) appeals the order of the
district court for Douglas County which denied her request to
make certain special findings related to her children's
eligibility to apply for special immigrant juvenile (SIJ)
status under 8 U.S.C. § ...