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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: I live in Nebraska, my daughter which will be 17 in January does not want to go visit her mother, does she have to go?
Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Oct 27, 2020

If there is a court order granting a parent specific parenting time, then the Court generally expects that the parties will follow the court order. Whether a parent will be found in contempt for violating this order when an older teenager does not want to follow the court order depends on a lot of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Nebraska on
Q: Can custody be removed from a parent if parent signed temporary guardianship to someone else?

I signed legal temporary guardianship to my mother of my son. The state of Nebraska remove custody from me and placed it with the state even though there was a temporary guardianship in place with someone else after time? Is that legal?

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Oct 27, 2020

If the State has grounds to remove a child, the State generally gets a say in the placement of the child. This is true even if a parent signs a temporary delegation to someone else in the same time period. If there is an actual court order of guardianship, then this is different. Then generally... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Nebraska on
Q: If I gave gaurdianship during a state case and the state closed the case before termination of gaurdian. How do I?

I picked up a felony drug charge last August and were convicted in late February this year. I also note that the juvenile court case originated, in part, on drug use. I also see a warrant in 2020 to search electronic devices for pornography possibly related to my daughters. I will tell you that... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Oct 19, 2020

You shouldn't post such specific info on a general posting board like this. You should take your question down and contact an attorney that practices in Scotts Bluff County regularly.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: The mother of my 1 year old baby will not let me see or spend time with him for no reason at all so what can I do?

My son was living with me for 2 months because she couldn't keep him because she had court ordered inpatient rehab and when she got released I let her take him to spend time with him and we agreed she would have him for 1 week and I'd have him for a week and we were supposed to keep doing... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Oct 19, 2020

If the parents can't agree on what the custody and/or parenting time with the child should be, then a parent may need to file a custody action. Within the custody action, the Court can enter a temporary order stating forth each parent's time with the child. If one parent claims the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Social Security for Nebraska on
Q: Where can I find the money my father left me when he died? I'm 18 and was told it had to be claimed before I tuned 18
Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Oct 14, 2020

How to track this down depends on what what type of funds you believe were left to you. For example, life insurance proceeds are transferred in a different manner than cash in a bank account. If you believe there may be social security dependent benefits owed to you, you may want to go to your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Nebraska on
Q: Ready to leave 17 year relationship with father of 12 year old daughter. Just want to be a step ahead how do i do this

Our relationship has been bumpy i have no major issues. Besides maybe a slight case of mental abuse. We got past that basically just feel were at a dead end and dont want to leave anything up to chance when it comes to my daughter. I dont wish to keep her drom her dad couldnt if i tried. But cant... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Sep 27, 2020

If the parents are generally on the same page as to what the parenting time should look like when they separate, then mediation can be a really good tool to come up with a parenting plan. The parenting plan could then be incorporated into a custody order. This way, the parties both have something... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Nebraska on
Q: What would be my best option or first step. I recently found out I have twin girls in Nabraska.

In April 2020 I was contacted by an old ex asking if I would take a dna test of her twin girls. The steer came back that I was their father.Since then the mother is continuously getting into trouble with the law or using the girls to hurt me.She has admitted to knowing she was pregnant before... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Sep 15, 2020

A father can file an action to have paternity legally established. If the Court grants the request, the Court could award the father custody or at least parenting time. The Court would likely also address the financial issues. This would likely include child support. child care expenses, and who... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: I’ve taken care of my boyfriends daughter for 4 years after can I gain custody if we break up ?

My boyfriends daughter moved in with us 2 weeks before we gave birth to our son, because her mother was sent to prison. Her mother lost all rights due to lack of visitation leaving him with full custody. I have been a supplement mother to her since she was 4 years old ( she’s now 8 about to turn... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Aug 27, 2020

Generally for a non-parent to gain custody of a child, the person has to show that not only that they are the real or better parent but that the legal parent is unfit. A parent's rights are protected by the Constitution and parental unfitness is a high standard. If the biological parents... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: What to do if the father of my children’s new girlfriend violates the restraining order placed against my kids for abuse

I was unaware of the violation until after it took place. My childrens father is allowing his girlfriend back around my kids after he put the restraining order on her a few weeks ago for verbal and physical abuse on the children and himself.

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Aug 11, 2020

Violations of protection orders can be reported to law enforcement. It is a crime to violate a protection order.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: 10 yr old daughter in NE. Im in WA. Her mom wont let me see her. My name not on BC, she refuses to put my name on it.

My ex will not allow me to see our 10 yr old daughter. She was married at the time our daughter was born, but living with me. We raised her together. She didn't put my name on the Birth Certificate. Our girl was born in WA State but is now with her mom in NE. Her mother says that her... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Aug 11, 2020

Generally, a court isn't going to award a father any court-ordered parenting time with their child until paternity has been legally established. The statute of limitations for a private party to establish paternity is 4 years. Thus, if the child is over 4 years old and paternity has not been... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Nebraska on
Q: I am from Nebraska my significant other and I have a 6 year old daughter.

We broke up for a while at that time child support was started. We have reconciled and have been living together in a committed relationship since may 2018. We want to stop the support but are having problems doing so

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Aug 6, 2020

Did Child Support Services assist you with establishing the child support order? If so, they will likely assist you with terminating the order. However, if you are receiving public assistance, he will likely need to show that the father has moved back into the public assistance household or they... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: My ex-husband was awarded full custody of our daughter when she was 18. She is now 19

She attends college and lives in the dorms from mid August to May. My ex was given the right to claim her on his taxes as a dependent every year. This year she lived in the dorm from Jan-March. My new husband and I moved her from college to her dad’s in March where she stayed until the beginning... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Aug 5, 2020

Once the child is an adult, the custody order regarding exemptions and the child care tax credit generally no longer governs. You would likely need to talk to your tax professional to see what you would need to do to qualify to claim another adult as a dependent.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: How hard is it to adopt my sisters children living in different states?

My sister reached out to me about adopting her two children. She is unfit to care for them no job, different homes, alcohol abuse, and has been sexual abuse from one father. He has a restrainging order against his child. The other childs father wants nothing to do with him niether father pays child... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Aug 4, 2020

If there is no involvement from child protective services or a similar organization and no one is objecting to the adoption, then it is generally just a matter of completing the paperwork and the formalities for the adoption to go through.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Nebraska on
Q: I want custody of my child, her father has her now but I have got my other girls back in my custody & want her back too
Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jul 28, 2020

To ask for the custody order to be modified, the general process is to file a Complaint to Modify to ask for the change in custody. You have to state a material change in circumstances that show why the change in custody is in the minor child's best interests.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: Concluding CPS case, determining custody with a domestic violence felon.

Hello, I am finishing up a CPS case, completed treatment, have housing, my own vehicle, clean drug tests for a year. However, my childs father is trying o force visits with our daughter since October, but has been unsuccessful this far due to trauma he inflicted on us both. He is on probation for... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jul 22, 2020

It would be unusual for a judge to grant 50/50 custody when the Court is only contemplating supervised visits at this time.

A judge is not bound to the recommendations of a therapist. Sometimes the court will order family therapy sessions to have even more structured visits than supervised...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: Concluding CPS Case With Childs Father (Multi-State DV Felon w/ a 3yr No Contact Order)

Hello, I am finishing up a CPS case, completed treatment, have housing, my own vehicle, clean drug tests for a year. However, my childs father is trying o force visits with our daughter since October, but has been unsuccessful this far due to trauma he inflicted on us both. He is on probation for... Read more »

Vanessa Jean Gorden
Vanessa Jean Gorden answered on Jul 22, 2020

Nebraska DHHS has a general policy that they will follow recommendations of a children's therapist with regard to visitation, but generally to suspend visitation requires a court order. You mentioned having an open case - this means you likely have a court-appointed attorney. You should talk... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Nebraska on
Q: My wife is keep my daughter from me claiming suicidal texts and claiming drug use. The texts were a week ago

The drug use is false as she just saw an old friend working in the garage and claims she can tell when I’m high

Vanessa Jean Gorden
Vanessa Jean Gorden answered on Jul 20, 2020

The answer to how to address this depends on whether you have a legal custody order (temporary or permanent) that provides you with parenting time. If so, then the mom is in contempt if she unilaterally decides not to send your daughter. If you are separated but no order is entered, you will want... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: separating unmarried couple, can mother/father move out with a 3 year old child?

unmarried, been together for about 5 years, child is 3 years old.

Vanessa Jean Gorden
Vanessa Jean Gorden answered on Jul 9, 2020

Yes. There are several factors that may affect legal rights and responsibilities. First, whether natural father signed an acknowledgment of paternity at the child's birth. If so, that is legal paternity. If not, parents can only bring a private action to legally establish parentage within the... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: In my divorce decree, it states that my ex wife will take over our mortgage payment but my name is still on the mortgage

She’s not cooperating to have my name removed to refinance or loan assumption. We’ve been divorced since 2017. How do I go about getting my name off.

Vanessa Jean Gorden
Vanessa Jean Gorden answered on Jun 15, 2020

Remember that your divorce decree is only valid as between the two parties involved - the Court that granted your Decree cannot force a bank to remove your name or allow the ex to refinance. As a best practice, my office typically ensures we draft a provision requiring the spouse keeping a mortgage... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: My children are being abused physically and emotionally by their mother. What are my options?

She has primary custody but neither of the kids want to live with her. They are afraid if she finds out they told me before action is taken that she will be more abusive towards them. Their grandparents can confirm what they are saying and I have several texts from the kids as well.

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on May 5, 2020

Every person is a mandatory reporter of child abuse. If you believe a child is being abused or neglected in Nebraska, you have a duty to report it to the Nebraska Child Abuse hotline.

A parent can file for an emergency custody order to be awarded emergency temporary custody of a child...
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