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Q: How does Nebraska determine if someone only owes 10% of their monthly income in child support?

What are the guidelines for being “low-income”

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler
answered on Jun 11, 2022

This is how the Nebraska Child Support Guidelines defines minimum support:

§ 4-209. Minimum support.

Even in very low income cases, except in cases of disability or incarceration where a lower amount may be justified, a minimum monthly support of $50, or 10 percent of the...
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Q: Husband overpaid 6,000$ after he relinquished his rights,NE kept withholding his income. Can he recoup his money?

Child support enforcement kept taking weekly payments for 6 yrs. until we finally had a lawyer look into it and got a copy of the adoption order. He had an other child support order and didn't realize they had continued to take and pay for the one that was adopted. Currently, his child support... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler
answered on Mar 28, 2022

You would need to speak with an attorney about the specifics of your case as to your options. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to bring a cause of action against the parent that received money if they lawfully should not have. You might expect a counter claim to recoup other costs... Read more »

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Q: Can I be ordered by the state to establish paternity for a 15 year old child that I had no knowledge of?

She is an exgirlfriend now seeking support

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler
answered on Feb 4, 2022

The State can file an action to establish paternity and child support up to the age of 18 years old. Thus, if a child is under 18 years old, the State can go forward.

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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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Q: My child support order was 7 years ago, 6 years ago we bought a house and moved in together. Can we close the case?

We live in nebraska and both agree on the matter. We live together, share the bills and raise the child together. We no longer want to have child support taken out of check and deposited into our account. how can we close the child support case?

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler
answered on Jan 6, 2022

It depends on whether the State or public assistance is involved in your children and your lives. If the State isn't a party to the case and there is no public assistance involved, you should be able to file a motion with the Court to terminate the child support and no one will likely object... Read more »

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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 »

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Q: Can child support be modified after a custody modification was signed 4 years ago?

In 2018 I my childs dad took me to court for more time with out son, he also wanted child support modified at that time too. We agreed on a parenting plan that gave him a few extra days and week on/off in the summer. I was at a place in my life where I didn't need the full amount of child... Read more »

Vanessa Jean Gorden
Vanessa Jean Gorden
answered on Jan 6, 2022

Maybe, depending on whether there is a material and substantial change in circumstances that would result in support going up or down by more than 10%, including a change in incomes, expenses for the child, etc. You will want to visit with an attorney about your specific facts on this though as the... Read more »

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Q: Just finalized child support and divorce in April. Daughter is currently 17. I got a raise. What can my ex do to get ch

Child support raised in his favor? In Nebraska it's only reviewed every 3 years. I am more than willing to raise it for him.

Is there a cap on it? Thank you

Vanessa Jean Gorden
Vanessa Jean Gorden
answered on Dec 26, 2021

Either parent is free to pay anything additional you would like. If you wish to raise it through the courts, that requires filing a Complaint to Modify and Voluntary Appearance and Stipulation and proposed Order to make a change that is permanent and enforceable. Generally the change needs to be... Read more »

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Q: We had a temp hearing. The judge ordered child supt. When do I start paying? Order hasn’t be signed or filed in court.

We got 50/50 and the temp order states child support and alimony for me to start paying and for both of us to take care of our own mortgages and bills. She has not made the mortgage payment and I haven’t pay for child support and alimony yet since I don’t have any court paperwork. Her lawyer is... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler
answered on Sep 21, 2021

The Order will include the start date that the judge ordered the payments to start. Most temporary orders are entered by the Court within a relatively short period of time after the hearing occurs, from a few days to a month or so on average. If the other party was required to prepare the order... 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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Q: Why would a Complaint to Modify and a Stipulation to Modify have different statements for child support.

Stipulation says zero and Complaint says 10% increase in defendants child support obligation. My son is 18 and decided to live with his father in another state.

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler
answered on Aug 19, 2021

The Complaint just has to give the other party general notice as to what might be requested if the case goes to trial. The Stipulation is what the parties actually agree to. Thus, the Complaint and Stipulation often have very different language.

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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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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 »

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Q: In Iowa is a divorce decree with end date of child support considered an existing case ? I need to end IWO

I need to know if I file a new case or continue as existing case .Thanks

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler
answered on Jun 3, 2021

You may need to re-post your question in Iowa. Your question is currently posted in Nebraska but only an attorney licensed in Iowa can answer a question regarding Iowa law.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Nebraska on
Q: My ex wife who has legal custody of our daughter has left her with me and said she is done. How do I get child support
Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler
answered on May 12, 2021

If you are asking to change custody and for the other parent to pay you child support, you likely need to file a complaint to modify. The filing of the complaint to modify begins a modification action where you can ask the Court to change custody and order the other party to provide support.

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Q: My ex has currently gave me custody of our daughter but not legally how do I go about getting this changed?
Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler
answered on May 12, 2021

In order to change a current custody order, you generally need to file a complaint to modify to start a modification action. If both parties are in agreement, you may be able to follow this up with submitting a stipulated modification order to change the order to the new terms that both parties... Read more »

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Q: Do I have the first right of refusal to watch my child in Nebraska?

My ex and her live in boyfriend recently went out of town. I am required by them (not the court), to communicate to them only through email. He emailed me asking if I wanted to watch my daughter. Of course and we set up a plan which ended with him saying’”Ok, sounds good”.I took that as... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler
answered on Mar 10, 2021

The Court determines what is allowed in a specific custody/parenting time dispute by looking at the custody order and parenting plan. If you don't have a custody order with parenting plan, then you need to file an action to ask the Court to enter a custody order with parenting plan. The... 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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Q: Hello,I was trying to get a copy of a child support order in 1990 from a Delaware County Pa from 1990? I’ve have been

getting no answers from DHHS or child support in many counties . The courthouse states it’s a “special request” and they will get back to me.Also stated no arrears if it was not modified before moving after a year? I now live in Ne. and received a letter from DHHS here in Ne. 2 years ago... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler
answered on Mar 2, 2021

You would want to contact the Court or an attorney in the county that you are trying to obtain the records from.

I'm not sure what you mean by "special request." Here in Nebraska, you sometimes have to order the file and then wait a couple of days for older files to be...
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