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In Nebraska, there are two categories of divorce: uncontested and contested. A divorce is contested when the parties have been unable to successfully come to an agreement on one or more of the issues involved such as spousal support, property division and child custody.
During a divorce proceeding, particularly in a contested divorce, the advice and support of a competent and devoted attorney can go a long way in aiding the divorce process and, ultimately, the final results. The lawyers at Vacanti Shattuck have the experience necessary to guide this process. Contact us to speak with a member of our Omaha, Nebraska, firm.
Divorce and children
- Child custody and visitation: The state of Nebraska has a law called the Parenting Act, which states that both parents have a right to play an active role in the life of a child, specifically referring to parenting plans that maximize time each parent will have to parent the children. Our lawyer will help you establish your parental rights and maintain a rich relationship with your children.
- Child support: Support is determined by state guidelines, taking into consideration the incomes of both parents and a number of other factors.
- Father’s rights: Nebraska law does not distinguish by gender. The court is bound to issue a parenting decree based solely on the best interests of the child, not biased by stereotypical views of parenthood.
Marital property and spousal support
- Division of marital property and debt: One of the first tasks our firm will help you with is identifying and defining the status of your assets and debts — whether it is marital and thus divisible by the courts — and what the true value is so a fair and equitable outcome can be accomplished. However, in Nebraska, equitable does not always mean that property is split right down the middle, 50/50. Our attorneys will work with your accountant and appraisers so you are treated fairly and your property division order maximizes the value of your estate. We will also work hard to discover assets that your spouse may be hiding.
- Alimony, if awarded, is designed to support a dependent spouse as he or she develops the skills to become financially independent.
Selecting a divorce lawyer
If you need a lawyer to represent you in your legal separation or divorce or if you have a question about family law, we invite you to e-mail us or telephone our office at 402.345.7600. One of our lawyers will provide a brief complimentary case review.