Divorce and Separation Brings Change in Your Relationship with Your Child
When you and your spouse separate or decide to divorce, one thing is certain: your life will change dramatically. One of the biggest differences is the change in the time you spend with your children. You may no longer see them every day after school or put them to bed every night. You will need an experienced lawyer like the ones at Hightower Reff Law by your side.
With the help of an experienced lawyer, these changes don't have to rob you of a positive and full relationship with your child post-divorce or post-relationship. At Hightower Reff Law, we protect our clients' parenting time and their right to participate fully in raising their children through experienced family law counsel.
We work with clients in Nebraska and all over the Country who have Nebraska cases, from our Omaha offices. Before you make big decisions regarding your family and your divorce, contact our office and discuss your options with an experienced lawyer.
Custody Determinations and Parenting Plans
You have probably heard people talk about "going for full custody." They are talking about asking the court to give them legal custody and physical custody - two different things.
Legal custody is decision making authority, while physical custody is possession of the child. Many divorced or separated parents agree on sharing both legal and physical custody (called joint custody).
If you and your spouse or partner cannot agree on a custody arrangement, the court will decide. The court may order joint custody or it may order primary legal or physical custody with one parent instead of the other, based on the circumstances of your case.
Rest assured that, if you are not granted primary custody of your child, it does not mean you are an unfit parent. The court determines primary custody arrangements based on a variety of factors, including details as uncontrollable as parent work schedules and the friends and family who may help support the custodial parent in caring for the children.
The term "visitation" sometimes carries a negative connotation, which is why Nebraska law now calls it "parenting time" instead. But, visitation and parenting time are the same thing.
No matter the custody arrangement, it is important your parenting schedule is clearly outlined in legal documents. We believe arrangements should be made according to what works for your family, and what is in the best interest of your children.
Understanding the System
Our attorneys can help you understand how the court may rule in your case, and how mandatory mediation of your parenting plan works.
The parenting plan must include certain things - like how often your children stay with you and which holidays are spent with which parent. But it can also include other details that are important to you - like transportation to the children's' sporting events or lessons, and even to what degree phone calls with your kids should be arranged.
We Can Help You do What is Best for Your Children
We are here to work with you and personally guide you through the parenting plan process so you have the best chance at an outcome that’s best for you and for your child. Contact us online, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-932-9550 to schedule a time to come in and talk to one of our attorneys about confident, clear, committed legal representation for your parenting time case.