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Bianka M. v. Superior Court (Gladys M.), 233757

Held that an immigrant child's father in Honduras did not have to be joined as a party in her parentage action seeking special immigrant juvenile findings. The 10-year-old, who entered the U.S. without authorization and sought to be reunited with her U.S. resident mother, argued that it should not matter whether the court had personal jurisdiction over her father or whether she had filed her family court action with an immigration-related motivation. Agreeing with her, the California Supreme Court reversed the court of appeal, which had upheld the denial of her requests.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/08/16


  • Kruger


  • Supreme Court of California