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If you are going through a divorce, you need a strong legal advocate to stand by your side and protect your legal rights throughout the process. In many cases, consulting an experienced Nebraska attorney before you tell your spouse you want a divorce can help you take the steps necessary to protect yourself and your best interests. The divorce attorneys of Berkshire & Burmeister are here to help you when you need advice and direction regarding a divorce action in Nebraska.
If you decided to dissolve your marriage, we understand the seriousness of that choice and recognize you did not come to that decision easily. We also know you need an experienced Nebraska divorce attorney to guide you through your divorce as the decisions and ultimate outcomes will likely have an impact on your life and household for years to come.
It is common to be anxious about divorce because you do not know what to expect. You may have also heard lots of worrying stories from friends and family about the experience and the process. For these reasons, you may have many questions about your divorce. We can answer your divorce questions and explain what you can expect during each step of the divorce process. For example, a common question about divorce is what is the difference in an uncontested divorce and contested divorce.
In an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse agree to all the terms of the divorce. This means there are no disputes regarding the end of the marriage, domestic support, custody, or property division. Uncontested divorces are the quickest and least expensive divorce to obtain, but it is rare for both parties to agree to all issues.
If you or your spouse disagree on any issue, the divorce proceeding becomes contested. A contested divorce is generally more time-consuming and costly, however, there are situations in which it is necessary to go to trial to protect your interests and/or your child’s best interests.
Common issues that are disputed in a divorce case include:
Our Nebraska divorce attorneys are aggressive advocates for our clients’ rights and best interests. We attempt to negotiate and settle divorce matters to avoid messy and expensive litigation where possible, but when it is necessary to fight for our clients in court, we aggressively pursue all legal remedies to protect our clients in contested divorce actions.
In some cases, a contested divorce can be settled through alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation, instead of presenting the contested issues before a court to decide how the matter is resolved. Through mediation, the parties may be able to negotiate a mutually agreeable resolution to their disputed issues.
For example, if the parties disagree on the terms of alimony or property division, they may be able to resolve their differences directly with the assistance of a mediating attorney. A mediator does not decide how to resolve the issues, but a instead facilitates healthy and productive negotiations between the parties.
In some disputed cases, mediation or negotiation can produce an agreement that both parties are happy with instead of litigating the matter in court. Mediation can save time and money in a contested divorce for some couples. If mediation does not work, the matter can still proceed to trial. Our divorce attorneys promote mediation as an approach to advance our clients’ cases while simultaneously reducing the cost of trial. We help our clients work through and understand the mediation process so they can best protect their interests.
If you have questions about the divorce process or would like to discuss a divorce case with an experienced divorce attorney in your area, please call the Law Firm of Berkshire & Burmeister at 402-827-7000 to schedule a consultation with one of our divorce lawyers.