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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: My boyfriends childrens mother filed for health benefits and he is now being ordered to test for paternity/child support

Will it be more beneficial for him to go to court and establish a custody agreement? Is there a chance he could receive full custody if he has a full time job/place to live/clean record?

Vanessa Jean Gorden
Vanessa Jean Gorden answered on Jan 7, 2022

Generally, the State of Nebraska initiates child support actions if a parent seeks state benefits and no support is in place. Once that case is opened, if there is no custody/parenting time order and he would like to have one, he will want to make sure the mother is added as a party and file an... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: Under NE law, can someone pay off alimony early, in full, to prevent ex-spouse from seeking future increase?

The NE alimony statue says, "A decree may not be modified to award additional alimony if the entire amount of alimony allowed in the original decree had accrued before the date of filing of the complaint to modify."

Is this a correct interpretation? Thank you.

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jan 6, 2022

It is a creative interpretation and could be argued to prevent further alimony.

On the other hand, the statute generally means that if alimony was paid off monthly and all monthly payments were made, you are too late to file a modification to increase or extend alimony.

If you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Nebraska on
Q: Babies father is refusing to pay child support and has now left the Country on vacation it's been 3 months with no pay

We settled on an amount because he was supposedly not working and I found out he is working for his brother and getting paid cash/under the table. He will not answer when I ask about the payments and has now left the Country on vacation. It's been a lot of lies about legal status and... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jan 6, 2022

If you want a party to be court-ordered to pay child support, you can file an action with the Court to establish a child support order. Once the child support is court-ordered, you can use the legal methods available to try to collect the child support. This includes wage garnishment, passport... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: Please expand on “ No Juridiction” recently my grand sons where taken into state custody.

And the courts claims no justification as they are from Nebraska. What are some of my options. My daughter is willing to give me custody if needed. I am able to care and provide for them if need be.

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jan 6, 2022

A court has to have jurisdiction to go forward with a court case. Sometimes when children are involved, there needs to be a determination as to which state gets to decide the custody and/or placement issues. There are specific rules as to how courts determine which state gets to hear the case... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: If neither parents have custody of a child, can 1 parent refuse further visits due to child being mistreated?

Father is telling 4 year old daughter that he's going to keep her and she'll never see her mom again.

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Nov 12, 2021

If you believe a child is being abused or neglected in Nebraska, then you have a legal duty to report the abuse to the Nebraska child abuse hotline. In Nebraska, everyone is a mandatory reporter.

If the parents don't agree on how much time, if any, the child should spend with either...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: What is the definition of a significant other in the state of nebraska?
Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Nov 12, 2021

I don't think there is an universal legal definition of significant other in Nebraska law. It is going to depend on the context and type of case.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Nebraska on
Q: I was adopted and im 18. My parents kicked me out and threw away all of my belongings. Can I take it to court?

I was adopted back in 2016 of the start of the year. I am 18 now and was kicked out of my home for “not doing what’s best for me” when I had job interviews scheduled they refused to take me. I have been asking them nicely for my belongings and I learned from my little sister who lives in that... Read more »

Vanessa Jean Gorden
Vanessa Jean Gorden answered on Oct 19, 2021

The legal age of majority is 19 years old in Nebraska, not 18 years old, and legally your parents are still responsible for you. Start with the child abuse hotline and see if NDHHS can suggest some resources for you. There is likely not a lot of recourse for your personal property unless it was... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Litigation for Nebraska on
Q: Paternity question- resembling NE case state ex rel. Miah S. V. Ian K.

In my case , instead of State , the plaintiff ( bio dad) has brought a paternity suite in his own capacity using NE statute 43-1411. The children were born during marriage of my wife and myself. We do not have any divorce decree entered. 43-1411 allows state/alleged father/mother to file paternity... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Sep 22, 2021

When a child is born during the marriage, there is a marital presumption that the child born during the marriage is a child of the marriage. If the parties remain married, they could object to a third party trying to establish paternity and argue that the marital presumption prevents the third... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Nebraska on
Q: My son 8 told me his mom is manipulating him into hanging w/ affair partner/cousin he’s scared to go back what can I do

He doesn’t want to go back he has an older sister 14 who who this guy punched and their mother doesn’t care for because she chooses partner over kids

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Aug 19, 2021

If you believe a child in Nebraska is being abused or neglected, then you have a duty to report such to the Nebraska Child Abuse Hotline. Everyone is a mandatory reporter in Nebraska.

If you want to ask the Court to enter or change a custody order or parenting time, then you would need to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: My 15 yr is pregnant and running away all the time. Is there anything I can do to protect them both?
Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Aug 19, 2021

A good place to start looking for advice is a counselor or Boys Town. Boys Town National Hotline (1-800-448-3000). Often these are the type of professionals that can best help in these situations. If you are looking to get the child placed outside of the home, there are legal options but are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Nebraska on
Q: Does temporary guardianship give up my rights to my kids? Can my mother then cut off 100% all communication between me?

I’m January I signed temporary guardianship of my two kids to my mom while I checked myself in to a rehab. I can’t for certain remember what the paper said but I do recall my name being spelled wrong completely. Would that even hold in court? I never received a copy of the document nor did I... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Aug 19, 2021

It depends on what you signed in the court action and what type of court action it self.

If you signed a consent to guardianship or similar court papers, then you would need to file a court action to terminate the guardianship or ask in the court action for specific parenting time if the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: Hello my mom got sick and they put her in a home now my sister won't let me se my mo w what should I do
Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Aug 19, 2021

Unless your mother is incapacitated, it is usually the patient's choice as to who they want to visit them.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: Wife and I are divorcing. She is giving me full custody. Can she waive alimony and i waive child support?

Wife and I agree on a simple, uncontested divorce. We have 3 minor children. She is granting me full legal and custodial custody, uncontested. She is leaving the state and going far away, so any joint custody will be impossible. She said that she does not want alimony because I have to raise the... Read more »

Vanessa Jean Gorden
Vanessa Jean Gorden answered on Jul 21, 2021

Yes, either party can waive alimony, and if it is waived at the time of divorce, it can never be requested again in the future. Child support is a different story. Even if it is waived initially, it can be modified to request support in the future. There are circumstances where the State will... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Nebraska on
Q: Child support case hasn't been reviewed in years. Could back pay be required?

My child support case hasnt been reviewed in many years. If its reviewed, is there a chance of owing retroactive support?

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jun 18, 2021

There is a chance, although probably very unlikely. The earliest a child support modification becomes effective is generally the month after the action to increase child support was filed. This can be later if the party wasn't served the same month the case was filed. You also aren't... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: hi I was looking for advice on how to handle court and getting custody of 4 minor children back into my custody

they were removed from my care based on lies stated from a officer which I have solid proof that accusations were untrue. The state took emergency custody based off of this lie of a statement. How do I stand up for myself?

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jun 18, 2021

When a child is removed from a parent due to allegations of abuse or neglect, the parent will be appointed an attorney at the first hearing if they can't afford counsel. If you can't afford an attorney, you should request an attorney appointed and then speak with the attorney about your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Nebraska on
Q: Please help the state has temp custody of my 4 kids all based off of lies how do I prove myself immediately

the state dept of cps in Nebraska is wrong for removing my children based off of a lie which I can prove it to be such with many forms of proof. Please help im helpless my kids are suffering if facts were revealed they had no reason for removal upon several.otjer issues at hand

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jun 18, 2021

When a child is removed from a parent due to allegations of abuse or neglect, the parent will be appointed an attorney at the first hearing if they can't afford counsel. If you can't afford an attorney, you should request an attorney appointed and then speak with the attorney about your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Nebraska on
Q: I live in Nebraska and as a result of losing my job am behind on child support. Can my ex withhold contact with my chils

I lost my job and haven’t paid child support since June. I will, however get caught up. But my ex is not allowing me to even communicate with my child via text or phone call. If I can’t reach my child I am to call her boyfriend who then determines wether or not my wanting to speak or text with... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Mar 10, 2021

The Court doesn't tie child support and parenting time. If you file a contempt action, the Court can sanction the other party for denying parenting time due to non-payment of support.

Keep in mind, that the Court can also sanction you for not paying child support if the other party...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Nebraska on
Q: How do I terminate guardianship given to my mother? Does temp guardianship terminate my rights?

My daughters were staying with my mom in Nebraska, while I was in the process of moving from Texas to another State. I was staying w/ a friend while finding a place to live & getting my youngest signed up for preschool. I signed for my mom to have temporary guardianship of my older daughter, so... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Mar 2, 2021

If you are going to represent yourself at a contested guardianship hearing, you need to start spending a lot of time reading the rules, the statutes, and the case law to make yourself very familiar with both the procedural and the other rules involved. If any attorney quoted you $8,000 to handle... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: How can we get emergency custody of 2 kids if we live out of state and parents are in divorce?

My sister suffers from sever mental and her soon to be ex husband has mental health issues and feeds into her the kids are 6 and 11 both have mental health as well. She has been bring men around, the 11 year old home alone, failing school, sever anxiety, she is treated like an adult. The youngest... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Mar 2, 2021

If you believe children are being abused or neglected, you need to report this to their local authorities. If found to be true, this may result in the children being removed from the home. It could also cause the family to start receiving services that could be helpful to get them to a healthier... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Nebraska on
Q: My kids were removed from my home 12/1/20 by CPS. I was assigned a free attorney. Should I get a paid attorney?

Is it worth my money (we are kinda poor, I'm disabled) to hire and pay for an attorney in lieu of using the free court appointed attorney? Asking because she's nice but not motivated at all, probably overworked. My caseworker has done ZERO since removing my kids. I thought I read Federal... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Feb 23, 2021

Majority of court-appointed attorneys are very good. They often handle a lot of cases so they know what the judges find persuasive. Some may have large caseloads and may struggle to give each file as much attention as they otherwise would like. Sometimes you do get better results with hiring a... Read more »

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