How can I keep custody of my children after divorce?

There are many ways that children benefit from having contact with both parents. Nebraska courts are increasingly noticing this and awarding what is known as joint physical custody. This means that you would probably have a good chance of maintaining your relationship with your children after divorce.

However, counting on the court to make a decision that favors you is probably not the best strategy, especially if your spouse opposes your custody requirements for some reason. In fact, in some situations, you may need to make a dedicated effort to show the court that maintaining a relationship with you is in your child's best interests.

As explained on FindLaw, there is a long list of items that the courts could consider during a custody decision. Some of these points are required, meaning they are crucial to the custody process in Nebraska. Others are discretionary, meaning that a judge could choose to consider them based on the details of your case.

It might bear mentioning that both Nebraska law and Supreme Court case law could reinforce a presumption that you and your co-parent have your child's best interests at heart. This means that judges would probably accept most custody agreements you could mutually agree upon. Finding some common ground could take significant work, but it could also avoid the cost, uncertainty and stress of a court proceeding.

As you might expect from the information above, it is often beneficial for parents who wish to maintain physical custody of their children after divorce to focus on the welfare of the children. Doing so could help alleviate emotional tension, plan for the future of your family and even secure a better custody outcome. Please do not regard this as legal advice. It is only general information.

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