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When you are facing a divorce or custody proceeding , you need to know what your rights and options are under the law. An experienced family law attorney can help you understand know how the law protects you and advise you on the approach that will yield the most favorable results.
At Family & Juvenile Law Omaha, Anita L. Mayo, PC, LLO, we are committed to helping Nebraska families find workable solutions to their legal issues.
Divorce can involve strong emotions. For many people, it is difficult to focus on the legal aspects of a divorce when they are facing family turmoil.
An experienced divorce lawyer can help you understand your rights and options while working hard to efficiently navigate your case toward a favorable result.
As a full-service law firm, we have the capacity to handle cases at all levels of complexity, and the ancillary issues that arise with them, such as property division, child support, paternity, and child support.
We serve Omaha, Bellevue, Plattsmouth, Gretna, Fremont, Lincoln, Elkhorn, Offut Air Force Base, Blair, Douglas County, Sarpy County, Cass County, Saunders County, Dodge County, and Washington County.
When planning to visit a family law attorney for a dissolution, your first step should be to gather important documents such as mortgage statements, credit card bills, auto loan statements, retirement and health insurance statements, and any other documents that are relevant to marital property and debts.
If you have already been served with the Complaint to start the legal proceeding, provide that to the attorney as well.
Even if you have not yet been served by Sheriff with the documents and only received them by mail, we can assist in entering a Voluntary Appearance to avoid the necessity of being served by law enforcement.
During each phase of your case, we attempt to reach a settlement that reflects your best interests, and the best interests of your children. However, if reaching a settlement proves to be impossible, we will proceed to Trial.
To prepare for Trial or obtain information in your case, we undertake a Discovery process in which we gather evidence (documents and information) from the other party to the case with the goal of building and telling your side of the issue at hand.
For many children, their parents' divorce or separation can seem like the end of the world. That is why it is so important for parents to keep the best interests of their children in mind. Your lawyer can help you maintain a focus on your children's welfare while you set realistic goals for custody and a parenting time schedule. Family & Juvenile Law Omaha, Anita L. Mayo, PC, LLO, is a full-service law firm dedicated to helping Nebraska families navigate child custody issues.
The Nebraska Parenting Act requires any parent in a court case that encompasses child custody or establishment or change of a parenting time schedule, to do the following:
* Attend a parenting education class (in person or online-depending on the class that is required for the case)
* Participate in Mediation if the parents or the attorneys involved are unable to negotiate a court-approved Parenting Plan.
You should make a good-faith attempt at Mediation for the best interests of the children.
* Create a Parenting Plan through Mediation by agreement of the parties.
Misconceptions about child support come from many sources, including friends family, and even the Internet. It is important to maintain a clear understanding of your rights and obligations for child support under the law.
The best way to obtain accurate information is to speak with an experienced attorney. Anita L. Mayo, lead attorney at Family & Juvenile Law Omaha, has practiced family law in Nebraska for over 25 years.
To ensure that a child support amount allows the child to continue to live at or about the same standard of living he or she enjoyed when her parents were together, most states have adopted a formula for determining a child support obligation. Nebraska is no exception. The formula considers many factors, including:
* Income of both parents
* Overtime or in some cases, part-time employment
* Expenses such as health insurance for the child and parent
* The parenting time schedule for each parent
The main purpose of the Nebraska Child Support Guidelines is to provide consistent rules so that each parent contributes to the support of their children with a calculation that takes each of their net incomes into consideration.
Both parents are responsible for contributing to their children's financial well-being.
If a parent attempts to avoid paying child support by becoming or remaining voluntarily unemployed, the court can impute income to that parent.
Child support Referee, available in some Counties in Nebraska is responsible for helping parents settle child support issues. In many instances, consulting a referee if your case only involves child support is a much faster option than taking the case before a district Judge. This is a particularly good option for a parent who may have lost a job and is need to modify support but cannot wait an extended time for a court date. The Nebraska Child Guidelines set out the rule for a substantial change in circumstances necessary for a modification of child support.
The division of assets and liabilities during a divorce process can be a complex, and often contentious issue. An experienced lawyer can help you through the process and work towards protecting your interests. At Family & Juvenile Law Omaha, our attorney is committed to helping clients navigate property division.
Property division encompasses both the division of assets and the division of debts. Assets that may be subject to division include Real estate, Retirement funds such as 401(k), pension, and IRA accounts, stocks, jewelry, furnishings, health plans, vehicles, timeshares, businesses, farms, bank accounts, and pets.
We will help you determine what liabilities you and your spouse shared, and who should be responsible for them now that you are divorcing. Those liabilities include:
* Debts of the parties
* Credit card debt
* Dependency exemption for children
* Income tax refund and tax credit for children
Both parties are legally obligated to disclose all assets and liabilities. However, occasionally a spouse will attempt to hide an asset. Through a Discovery process, our lawyer will request disclosure of those asses and characterize the assets - even those that one party may have tried to hide.
The Discovery process is a thorough process to uncover information and documentation for assets and liabilities that you may not have had access to before from your spouse.
There are times when caring for another person means assuming legal responsibility for his or her well-being. Becoming a guardian or adoptive parent, while a laudable undertaking is not an easy task. Nebraska laws surrounding guardianships, conservatorships, and adoptions are very complex.
Family & Juvenile Law Omaha provides efficient assistance with guardianships, conservatorships, and adoptions to clients.
When children have unfit parents, or when vulnerable adults are unable to care for themselves, another person can ask the court to be appointed guardian.
As a guardian, you will be responsible for the ward's quality of life. Whether you are a grandparent who wishes to assume legal responsibility for a grandchild or an adult child of an elderly parent, our attorney will guide you through the process.
As a conservator, you will be responsible for another's financial well-being. In recent years, judges have applied more scrutiny to individuals wishing to establish conservatorships. Our attorney will help you understand. navigate the requirements, and gather the necessary documentation and information for a guardianship/conservatorship.
Our Firm's owner, Anita L. Mayo, has been practicing family law for more than 25 years. Anita will take on your case with a thoughtful, caring, and analytical approach.
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