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Nebraska Divorce Information

The following information is to provide a basic understanding of the various aspects of divorce in the State of Nebraska.

You can get more specific information regarding Nebraska divorce laws using the links provided to Nebraska divorce laws or at your local library.

This information is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Before taking any action you should seek the advice of an attorney familiar with the laws in the state in which you will be seeking a divorce.

Every effort has been made to assure that the information contained in these pages is accurate however, due to the ever changing nature of the law some material may be outdated or may no longer apply.

Nebraska Divorce Resources

Residency Requirements 1 year
Where to File All proceedings shall be brought in the district court of the county in which one of the parties resides
Grounds for Divorce Nebraska is a no-fault state, meaning the only grounds required to obtain a divorce is that the marriage is irretrievably broken.
Voluntary or required mediation Yes
Voluntary or recommended CounselingYes
Property Distribution To promote the amicable settlement of disputes between the parties to a marriage attendant upon their separation or the dissolution of their marriage, the parties may enter into a written property settlement agreement containing provisions for the maintenance of either of them, the disposition of any property owned by either of them, and the support and custody of minor children.

If the court finds the agreement unconscionable, the court may request the parties to submit a revised agreement or the court may make orders for the disposition of property, support, and maintenance.

If the parties fail to agree upon a property settlement which the court finds to be conscionable, the court shall order an equitable division of the marital estate. The court shall include as part of the marital estate, for purposes of the division of property at the time of dissolution, any pension plans, retirement plans, annuities, and other deferred compensation benefits owned by either party, whether vested or not vested.
Child Custody n determining custody and parenting arrangements, the court shall consider the best interests of the minor child, which shall include, but not be limited to, consideration of the foregoing factors and:
  • The relationship of the minor child to each parent prior to the commencement of the action or any subsequent hearing;
  • The desires and wishes of the minor child, if of an age of comprehension but regardless of chronological age, when such desires and wishes are based on sound reasoning;
  • The general health, welfare, and social behavior of the minor child;
  • Credible evidence of abuse inflicted on any family or household member.
  • Credible evidence of child abuse or neglect or domestic intimate partner abuse.
Child Support In determining the amount of child support to be paid by a parent, the court shall consider the earning capacity of each parent and the guidelines provided by the Supreme Court pursuant to section 42-364.16 for the establishment of child support obligations. Upon application, hearing, and presentation of evidence of an abusive disregard of the use of child support money paid by one party to the other, the court may require the party receiving such payment to file a verified report with the court, as often as the court requires, stating the manner in which such money is used.
Spousal Support Support can be ordered to either spouse, without consideration of any marital fault. Employment possibilities of the spouse tend to cause the greatest influence on the decision. Living conditions similar to those when marriage existed is attempted to be restored, but a lot of factors play a significant role.

Nebraska Divorce Attorneys by County

Nebraska Divorce Mediators by County

This information has been compiled directly from the most recently available statutes online for each state. Every effort has been made to assure that this information is correct and complete. Be aware that laws frequently change. Do not take any action based on this information without first consulting an attorney to be certain that the laws pertaining to your particular situation have not changed.

The language used in most cases on this page is legal terminology taken directly from the statutes and laws of each state. The terminology is not always easy to understand. If you are not sure of something you should consult an attorney so that you can fully understand the meaning of the laws.

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