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Experienced Divorce Lawyers in Ohama, NE

Divorce Attorneys Serving Douglas County

Couples in Nebraska looking to divorce have many options available to them. Whether your case is contested or you are seeking an uncontested divorce or a form of alternative dispute resolution method, such as mediation, our Omaha divorce attorneys can handle it all. While the decision to dissolve your marriage is part of the dissolution process, this is just step one. You must also follow certain rules and meet state residency requirements before you can legally end your marriage. To prevent any errors, issues, or complications with this process, it is best to consult with an experienced divorce lawyer beforehand.

At Hathaway Law Group, P.C. L.L.O., our divorce lawyers handle a wide range of cases. With over 20 years of experience, we have helped many clients obtain a favorable divorce outcome and take pride knowing we assisted with their fresh starts.

Types of Divorce Services We Offer

Our divorce attorneys offer the following options which can be tailored to accommodate your specific needs:

Uncontested Divorce

An uncontested divorce is when a couple can come to an agreement about all the issues that pertain to their divorce. This includes asset and property division, child custody, spousal support, and debt division.

This type of divorce is generally faster and more amicable than other forms of divorce. As both you and your spouse agree, there are no issues to litigate, which means your divorce case is kept out of the courtroom.

Contested Divorce

A contested divorce or litigated divorce happens when a couple cannot come to an agreement about all the issues related to their divorce. As such, their divorce case will need to be taken to court where a judge will decide how to resolve their divorce matters and finalize the divorce.

Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce is a voluntary process that couples use when seeking a divorce or separation without court. Couples who choose collaborative divorce will work with a collaboratively trained lawyer and other qualified professionals to reach an agreement on all issues related to their divorce.

Couples choose collaborative divorce to avoid the uncertainty of court decisions and to achieve a settlement that best meets the specific needs of their family.

The collaborative process can be used to facilitate many other family issues, including disputes between extended family and the negotiation of pre-marital and post-marital agreements. Through the collaborative process, families can resolve conflict and issues consensually and mutually.

Collaborative law may also be less expensive for the parties. By utilizing specialists for many tasks, (financial professionals, child custody therapists, and coaches) work can be streamlined, thus, possibly, reducing costs.

Mediation

In mediation, a couple will utilize a neutral, third-party individual to help them work out a divorce agreement and parenting plan, if required. The mediator cannot come to a decision for you, but he/she can help guide you in the right direction. This is typically done in a manner that allows both sides to express their sides of the story, including questions, concerns, and other issues. The goal is to come to an amicable resolution.

Is Nebraska a Community Property State?

No, Nebraska is not a community property state. This means that when property is divided during a divorce, it will not be split equally. Instead, the courts follow the guidelines of "equitable distribution" and will attempt to divide the property as fairly as possible.

Is Nebraska a No Fault Divorce State?

Yes, Nebraska is a no-fault divorce state. In fact, the only type of grounds for divorce applicable in Nebraska is "no-fault." To begin divorce proceedings, one spouse will not have to list any reason for the divorce, other than stating that the marriage is "irretrievably broken."

How Long Does the Divorce Process Take in Nebraska?

Though you may wish your divorce to be finalized quickly, you should assume that your divorce will take at least six months, if not longer. Not only does Nebraska require a 60-day waiting period after filing your divorce and serving your spouse, but you also have many matters to be resolved between the two of you. The length of your marriage and whether or not you share minor children will also affect how long your divorce takes.

Important matters that must be decided before your divorce can be finalized:

  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Property division

Agreeing on these topics can be incredibly challenging, especially if you and your spouse are not on the same page. Property division is one issue that tends to take a long time to resolve. In addition to dividing your assets fairly and equitably, you will also have to address any shared debt you acquired while married. Furthermore, child custody matters may complicate property division if the plan is for one parent to remain in the family home with the children.

Will I Have to Pay Alimony?

Alimony (also commonly referred to as spousal support or spousal maintenance) is not uncommon in Nebraska. It refers to money that one spouse pays the other after a divorce. Alimony may be permanent or temporary. The goal of maintenance is to help the lower-earning spouse maintain their standard of living post-divorce. Spousal support is not the same as child support; any child support decisions will be made separately from spousal support.

The following may affect the amount of spousal support awarded in a divorce:

  • How long the couple was married
  • How each individual contributed to the household during the marriage
  • The earning capacity of each spouse
  • The ability of each spouse to support themselves post-divorce
  • The mental and physical health of each spouse
  • Whether one spouse stayed home or gave up their career to raise children or take care of the home

Schedule an Initial Consultation with an Ohama Divorce Lawyer Today

At Hathaway Law Group, P.C. L.L.O., it is our mission to help your family. If you are looking for a divorce lawyer in Omaha, do not hesitate to contact our firm. We are dedicated to helping you figure out which type of divorce best fits your needs and interests.

Our Promise to Our Clients

  • We will always work hard and diligently to advance your case and to help you receive a favorable outcome
  • We will always provide transparent and honest billing
  • We will always answer or return your phone calls and respond to your emails in a timely manner, if you call your attorney the attorney will call you back, not his support staff.

  • We will always take the time to explain your case and answer your questions.
  • We ensure you that you will always have access to your attorney
  • We will always tell you the truth, no matter the circumstance

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