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Q: Which complaint for dissolution of marriage should be used when youngest child is 18 and attends college out of state?
Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Oct 7, 2020

If you are referring to the forms available on the Nebraska Supreme Court's website, I would recommend hiring an attorney to draft a Complaint to fit your specific situation. Those forms are serviceable in some situations but not most. That being said, if you are going to use those forms... Read more »

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Q: Is it an illegal practice to determine how much child support you want to pay and then put in false amounts to reach it.

My husband is projecting that I could make $ 32,000 although I gave up my career to stay home with our 4 children for 16 years. So he is using that number, but refuses to use the current year for his wages.

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Aug 31, 2020

The question is probably is it proper, not is it illegal. Even if you agree on the amount of child support, the numbers you use now could affect whether you would qualify for a child support modification in the future. If the Court finds your earning capacity is $32,000 now, it could be very... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Nebraska on
Q: Child Support Terminated June 9,2011 DHHS Didnt recognize it till 7-15-2020. Signed rights over, Adoption was final .

State never bothered to see if Adoption was final before Divorce of Custodial parent and Adoptee. $50 A month From June 2011 - July 2020 = State owes me correct? I was in contempt three times and served over 6 months in jail two of the three times, the 1st time I payed over $2500 To be released,... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Aug 8, 2020

The burden is technically on the parent whose rights were terminated to file the motion to terminate child support. That being said, if the State received the money due to a child support assignment due to some type of public assistance, you may have a right to have it reimbursed. If the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Nebraska on
Q: I asked my wife's attorney to add that I am not responsible for COBRA costs in a divorce decree. Does this protect me?

The use of the word anticipate confuses me as opposed to she will not pursue COBRA or will at her own expense.

Any and all expenses, including, but not limited to co-pays,

prescription medication, or any other expenses not covered by said

insurance shall be the sole... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Aug 6, 2020

Your question is too specific for a general posting board like this. What language makes sense in a case depends on the overall facts of the case. You would have to consult with your attorney directly.

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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.

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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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Nebraska on
Q: My son is getting a divorce after 5 years of marriage. They have a 9 month old baby My daughter in law moved out.

My son pays for her apartment. Part of the agreement was she watches the baby during the day so my son can work. She often calls and says she can’t because she is sick I believe she’s out on tinder dates If I can prove she is not wanting to watch her own child so she can be out and about,... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jun 9, 2020

Child custody determinations are very fact specific. A parent's involvement or lack of involvement with their child, as well as logistical considerations, are often taken into account when determining custody. If your son hasn't retained an attorney, he should do so asap.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Nebraska on
Q: Divorce. What am I entitled to

Been married for 36 years my husband went to divorce me until he found out I would get some of the estate

So now he doesn't put my name on anything I pay for cable, heat, groceries and all my stuff cell etc. He makes about 70 thousand a year I make 29 thousand a year. Our 3 kids are... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on May 23, 2020

Marital assets are divided between the spouses, often 50/50. Just because an asset is titled in one party's name, doesn't mean it isn't a marital asset. If there was property inherited by one party during the marriage and kept separate, it likely won't be considered marital.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for Nebraska on
Q: Does my ex-husband's child support from his prior relationship loweroldest son turns 19 and does my raise for our 3

2 kids prior to our marriage he currently pays support. We have 3 he currently pays for. His oldest turned 19

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Mar 25, 2020

There isn't generally an automatic increase in child support when the payor's older child emancipates. That being said, if a child support modification action was filed, the payor would generally no longer have that older child as credit for child support when recalculating support.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Real Estate Law for Nebraska on
Q: I am wanting to re-finance my home in my name only. My mortgage is in my name only. I am currently married.

We will be divorcing later - possibly next year.

His (my spouse's) name is on the HELOC (home equity line of credit) loan.

Am I able to refinance, in my name only, without any signatures from him?

I married him twice, and was awarded the house in the first divorce,... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Mar 25, 2020

In theory, potentially yes depending on your current loan terms. In reality are you going to be able to find a mortgage lender that will do the refinancing without his cooperation, probably not.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: bought my house before marriage, soon to be ex wife is refusing to let my dad on the property to mow. What can I do?

We are starting to go through divorce. Bought my house before marriage and she has paid no bills. I work out of state and my father mows. She is currently saying she wont allow him on the property. Can she legally block him from the land?

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Mar 25, 2020

In a divorce action, the Court can grant one party the exclusive use of the marital home in a temporary order. If such is the case, then this would generally also include the ability to prevent family members from entering on the premises, including to do maintenance or mow the grass.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Divorce for Nebraska on
Q: My husband paid for upkeep on my house. Is he entitled to a share of potential value increase of the home?

My husband and I are divorcing after 6.5 years of marriage. I purchased my home 3 years prior to our marriage and he moved in with me. He has never made a payment for mortgage, insurance, or utilities. I have also paid for the majority of groceries and other household items. He has paid for... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Mar 3, 2020

If a home is purchased during the marriage, the equity in the home is generally divided between the spouses in a divorce (usually 50/50). Generally, it doesn't matter if the expenses related to the home were paid out of an account in just one party's name. The Court still generally... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Estate Planning, Family Law and Real Estate Law for Nebraska on
Q: Husband won't put my name on the deed to house. I have been paying towards the mortgage since marriage. What can I do?

Only his name is on the mortgage, he paid on the house for 6 years before we were married. House has appreciated since marriage, we have both put work into it. He makes 50k more a year than I do, but I work FT and stay home with our child 5 days a week. I pay half of all utilities/groceries/family... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Mar 3, 2020

Generally, even if only one spouse's name is on the deed, the court will generally consider the home as marital if purchased during the marriage. If one spouse owned the home prior to the marriage, then the Court will generally determine that part of the equity in the home is marital and part... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Nebraska on
Q: Hello... I'm looking for West's Texas Digest full volume set. Have an idea where I can find a hard copy somewhere?

I'm not for sure which reporter it is under. But all "contracts", designed by John B. West in his "West American Digest System" in the mid 1800s, and developed by "West Publishing" to organize the entire body of American Law.

For instance, I have... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Sep 2, 2019

Contact West Publishing? Amazon? E-bay?

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Nebraska on
Q: What do I do if an ex didn't follow a divorce decree item?

I went through a divorce. It was in the settlement that my ex would take responsibility of the line of credit and credit card. My name was to be off within 120 days of divorce decree. I was told it was off. He quit/lost his job. He's not paying the bills and my name is still on there because... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Aug 21, 2019

If a party does not follow a divorce decree, you can file a contempt action to ask for the court's assistance in enforcing the Decree.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Divorce, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Child Custody for Nebraska on
Q: My wife disapeared and is believed to have gone to Texas with our 4.5 year old son and claiming some kind of abuse.

What are my options? There was no abuse except by her. There is a past though and I just got home from prison in Dec.

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jul 1, 2019

If a spouse leaves with their child and the spouse left behind wants to pursue a divorce, the way to start a divorce action is generally to file a complaint for dissolution of marriage. In Nebraska, one of the spouses must have resided in the State of Nebraska for at least a year before a divorce... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Real Estate Law for Nebraska on
Q: What does "Defendant shall 'indemnify and hold the Plaintiff harmless'" mean with regard to property in a divorce?

5 yrs after my gf divorce, she is looking at finally buying a house. She learned her ex did not refinance the house in his name after she deeded the house to him. She filed for the divorce and is the Plaintiff. The divorce decree under "Real Estate" states "That the Defendant shall... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jun 27, 2019

A quit claim deed after divorce can remove a spouse from the title of a home. It doesn't remove the spouse from the mortgage. If the parties have entered into a mortgage with joint responsibility, the Decree doesn't change that parties' agreement to the creditor that they are each... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Nebraska on
Q: I realized my husband has an affair with other woman cheated before, can I sue her before my divorce?

He told me he is visiting his family in Europe but he is there with her now. Can they be arrested for a crime when they come back?

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jun 4, 2019

Nebraska law has abolished the law that had given a spouse a right to sue the person the other spouse was cheating with for monetary damages.

Adultery is not a crime in Nebraska.

Nebraska is a no fault divorce state. Cheating in a marriage may be relevant as to alimony and...
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Q: Rx-wife is continually in contempt of court per their parenting plan in which the judge enforced, but that judge wont

Hold her in contempt. What can I do legally?

Vanessa Jean Gorden
Vanessa Jean Gorden answered on Jun 4, 2019

The answer will depend on your specific facts and the type of violation that is occurring. It may be that you will need to consider modifying the existing plan to clean up any unclear language that is giving her leeway. Your best bet is to visit with an experienced family law attorney who knows the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Nebraska on
Q: If I already have started divorce proceedings and then my ex does whose divorce do they go by?
Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jun 2, 2019

If divorce cases are filed in the same county, then the Court will generally go forward under the lower case number. The party who filed first may want to file a motion to dismiss the case filed second. If divorces are filed in two different courts, then it depends on the facts. If child custody... Read more »

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