Some divorces or relationship break-ups run smoothly until the conversations regarding child custody and child support begin.
Although child support is an emotional and incredibly contentious issue, the divorce lawyers at Hightower Reff Law work hard to help you and your family reach a solution that protects the interests of your children. If an agreement can't be reached, we put our trial skills to work and fight for you in court.
Contact us to discuss your situation and get answers to your questions.
Protecting Your Children's Best Interests
Like in other states, the laws in Nebraska look to preserve the best interests of children involved in a divorce. We know this is your primary concern as well.
If you are facing a divorce in Douglas County and you have minor children, Nebraska child custody laws require you and the other parent to take a course called "What About the Children." The goal of the class is to learn strategies that will help you and the other parent cooperate with one another, gain insight into parenting your child during the court process of divorce and/or child custody lawsuit, and move forward after the family law case is final.
The "What About the Children" course also teaches parents about the basics of a parenting plan to ensure that holidays, vacations and regular parenting time are spelled out and in the best interests of your children.
If you and your former spouse/co-parent of your children cannot reach an agreement through your attorneys and/or mediation, the court will decide your custody arrangement based on various criteria, including:
- The mental and physical health of both parents
- The child's relationship with both parents
- The child's wishes if he or she is mature enough to make an informed decision
- The wishes of both parents
- The safety, stability and future opportunities offered by each parent
In most cases, Nebraska law favors a joint custody arrangement where both parents take an active role in raising their children.
In cases involving children, we believe that the emotional costs involved in trial for you and your children often outweigh the benefits of going to trial. In many cases, our child custody and support clients are able to reach an agreement with our guidance and support. If not, we will fight for you in court.
Pursuing Support On Behalf Of Your Children
Nebraska law recognizes that parents have an obligation to provide financial support for their children. In divorce and child custody cases, this means providing child support payments to help with the various expenses that come with raising a child.
As children age or circumstances change, it may be necessary to modify your child support agreement to better reflect the changing needs of all parties. Hightower Reff Law can help you initiate child support via a court order or to modify an existing child support order.