Top 5 Nebraska Divorce Laws

The top 5 things everyone should know about Nebraska divorce laws.


The dissolution of marriage may be filed for in a county where either spouse resides. There is a 60-day waiting period after service of the petition for dissolution of marriage on the respondent before the case can be decided in court. Nebraska divorce law states that one of the spouses must have been a resident of Nebraska for at least a year or the marriage was performed in Nebraska and one of the spouses lived in Nebraska for the entire marriage.

There are mainly two reasons of divorce in Nebraska those are fault and general. In order to file for divorce, Nebraska divorce is clear that the proper grounds must be established. Both spouses are involved in establishing these grounds, and both must substantiate and agree upon these, unless the divorcing spouse is trying to prove otherwise to the court.

Joint or sole custody of children is determined according to the best interests of the child and based on a consideration of various Nebraska divorce law factors. No preference is to be given because of parent’s sex and joint custody may be awarded if both parents agree.

The amount of child support is determined based on a consideration of the earning capac¬ity and income of each parent. There are official Supreme Court child support guidelines and worksheets which are available from the clerk of the court.

A dissolution of marriage will not be granted until every reasonable effort for a reconciliation has been made. If it appears to the court that there is some reasonable possibility of reconciliation, dissolution of marriage actions may be transferred to a conciliation court or the spouses may be referred to a qualified marriage counselor, family service agency, or other agency which provides conciliation services and official state conciliation counselors are available in counties with populations over 250,000 persons.

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