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Child support is a critical component of any divorce decree or paternity order in Nebraska. All parents have a duty to support their children financially, and this obligation does not end when paternity has been established or a marriage ends.
Nebraska requires child support to be paid until a minor child is married, turns 19-years-old, is emancipated, joins the military, or passes away. Child support includes necessary support for day-to-day care of the child, such as food, shelter, and clothing.
When a parent is ordered to pay child support and fails to pay, this can cause financial strain on the custodial parent and the child. The custodial parent suffering from the lack of financial support has the right to take action against the other parent. There are several methods to enforce past due child support:
Please be aware that visitation time and financial support are independent of each another. The custodial parent is still required to be compliant with the divorce decree or paternity order regardless of the other parents failure to pay child support. Modifying parenting time in violation of a court order is not a valid method for enforcing child support and could result in a contempt action against the custodial parent withholding the child.
The legal process of getting past due child support is not straight-forward and is a challenging court procedure. At Berkshire & Burmeister our experienced family law attorneys are ready to help you navigate through these issues.