In typical divorce trial practice, following the filing of a Complaint for Divorce, there is often an Answer to the Complaint for Divorce, a Counterclaim, and a Reply to the Counterclaim.
While Proposition 8 stole the headlines across the country, the Supreme Court was making a life altering decision for one little girl. The mother and father had split during the pregnancy, and the father sent a text to the mother relinquishing his parental rights in exchange for not having to pay child support. Does the girl being 3/256ths part Cherokee give the father unalienable custody rights? The ICWA, Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, says it does.