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Q: If I received a harrasment protection order, would that affect any online evidence in custody modification?

Have joint custody with ex having primary physical

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Mar 9, 2021

I'm not sure what you mean by online evidence. If there is an allegation or an order that someone is harassing others, this could be a factor a judge would take into consideration when determining custody or parenting time.

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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 »

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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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Q: Can DHHS revoke my custody based only on the filing of modification of custody alone before any judge signs or trial?

I was convicted of two misdemeanors and am currently a part of a voluntary, non court case with DHHS. They have implemented a family safety plan signed by all parties that my ex husband is not adhering to so I’m not seeing my kids. I was promised unsupervised visits by my DHHS caseworker but now... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Feb 9, 2021

You may have rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act. If the safety plan through CPS isn't working or isn't being enforced, then you likely need to pursue a custody action and request a hearing date before the judge. You should retain counsel to assist you or will be at a strong... Read more »

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Q: How and when can I go about challenging jurisdiction in custody case?

I believe the court did not have subject matter jurisdiction when making an initial temporary custody decision. My ex did not live in Arizona for 5 months. Never visited. Never went back until the day before he filed the petition for custody. So doesn't that mean it would not have had subject... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jan 25, 2021

In Nebraska, if there isn't already a custody order in place, then you generally need to file the custody action in whatever state the child has been residing the last 6 months. This state where the child has been residing at least the last 6 months is generally referred to as the "home... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Custody for Nebraska on
Q: My wife moved in with her boyfriend and now refuses talk to me about my daughter. I instead have to ask her boyfriend

Is that legal first of all. Second my ex wife knows our daughter better than anyone so that is why I would prefer to talk with her. This is not about my ex wife it’s about my daughter. I only find out about my daughters life by asking her questions which she doesn’t really like to answer. Just... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jan 7, 2021

It isn't clear from your question if the mother of your child is your wife or your ex wife. If she is your ex wife, I assume there is a divorce decree in place that sets forth each parent's parenting time and possibly even a communication protocol. If there is and the mother is not... Read more »

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Q: In NE, is the mother awarded temporary custody after spliting from the Childs father if they weren't married?

My best friend has a 3 year old and was never married to her father. The are no longer together but have not went to court for custody. Does she automatically get temporary custody of the child until the go in front of a judge?

Vanessa Jean Gorden
Vanessa Jean Gorden answered on Jan 5, 2021

Yes. Absent anything to the contrary, natural mom of a child born out of wedlock is considered custodial parent by Nebraska law, but there are a number of factors that may change this, such as whether paternity was established by acknowledgment of the father, whether the parents are residing... Read more »

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Q: My spouse hasn't seen our kids in almost 8 months, has had no contact with them. Can I file for abandonment?
Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jan 4, 2021

You can file such, but just having 6 months of no contact is not an automatic grant of a termination of parental rights request due to abandonment. It is a very high bar for the Court to terminate parental rights.

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Q: My grandson has lived with us for a year..Hes 11. His mother is unfit. What can I do to get legal custody of him?

His father pays child support none of which we see.She uses it as her income. His father has had nothing to do with him in years. My daughter has 3 other children but only 2 of them live with her. Can I get legal custody of him? Every time she gets mad she threatens to take him Away.My grandson... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jan 4, 2021

If a non-parent wants custody of child that has been living with them, the most common process to obtain custody is to file for a guardianship action to ask for custody of the child. You generally need to show that the parents are unfit in order for the Court to award you custody if a biological... Read more »

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Q: How do I get paper to file To terminate guardianship To where I could at least get it into court
Vanessa Jean Gorden
Vanessa Jean Gorden answered on Dec 28, 2020

For a minor child, you can use the Supreme Court form here:

https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/sites/default/files/CC-16-3-2.pdf

You will have to give notice to the appropriate parties, etc.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Nebraska on
Q: Can somebody that has guardianship keep you from your child if you pay child support
Vanessa Jean Gorden
Vanessa Jean Gorden answered on Dec 28, 2020

Child Support and Parenting Time are two separate issues. Not paying support doesn't prevent you from visiting and paying support doesn't guarantee a right to visit. Alot depends on whether the guardianship is full or partial. A guardian simply steps into the shoes of a parent and has the... Read more »

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Q: How can I get guardianship over my 18 y/o cousin that lives with me and her mom wants nothing to do with her?

Also I just need to get the school stuff transferred to our name so she can get a bus to pick her up but her mom does not want to cooperate

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Dec 9, 2020

To obtain custody of a child when you are not the parent, you generally need to file a guardianship action with the county court. Generally the Court is not going to grant a non-parent custody unless it is shown that the parents are legally unfit to care for their child. This is a very high... Read more »

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Q: Can cps keep my kids away from me? I haven't seen my kids in 4 weeks since they took them!
Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Dec 1, 2020

CPS generally has to offer reasonable efforts at reunification and to preserve the family. In some situations, there is a determination that no contact is in the children's best interests (this is relatively rare). If you children have been removed by CPS, you should hire an attorney or... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Nebraska on
Q: How can my partner get partial custody or temporary guardianship of my child from previous relationship?

Also will it affect the child support pending?

However, my partner have been in my childs life since she was 1.5 years old and is the father figure since. And my ex has not had any contact with myself or my child since Feb 2018. As well my ex lives in another state.

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Dec 1, 2020

It depends on a lot of factors. A parent's rights are superior to those of a non-parent. The Court can grant a non-parent custody or visitation rights in limited circumstances. These are generally through a guardianship action when a parent is unfit or a request for in loco parentis... Read more »

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Q: How can I file online for emergency temporary custody of my daughter in nebraska?

Basically the father has pretrial on November 2nd and has pending charges for failure to register and I want to file for emergency temporary custody of my daughter

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Nov 22, 2020

As far as I know, there are no forms for this. You would need to file a custody or modification action and then file the motion for emergency custody within the action. You would either need to do quite a bit of research to determine how to draft this on your own or retain an attorney to assist... Read more »

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Q: Full/Sole Custody-Can partner get it for their child from previous relationship with a misdemeanor on record?

We have children together plus partner's child from a previous relationship. the child portrays the mother as only caring to appear to be a good mother but in reality pays no interest. The mother has lied about situations in order to take said child out of school in which said child told us... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Oct 27, 2020

In order to have grounds for a change in custody, you generally need to show that there has been a material change in circumstances and that the change is in the minor child's best interests. If custody is changed from the custodial parent to the non-custodial parent, then the non-custodial... Read more »

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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 »

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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.

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Q: can an 18 year old file for motion of custody of his child in nebraska

i am 18 my ex girlfried is 16 i want to file for custody of my daughter whom is 2 months old due to my ex still living at home with her mother whom has for the 3rd time in 5 years pending child abuse/neglect charges

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Oct 19, 2020

Yes, a parent that is a minor can file for custody of their child. Generally, if the biological parents are minors, then the parents are listed as parties and filing as the next of friend of the biological parent.

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