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Getting divorced is not easy, emotionally or financially. If you have reached the point where you are seeking a divorce, you have likely experienced enough stress to last a lifetime. Now that you are ready to move forward, you want the process to be as quick and inexpensive as it possibly can be. Fortunately, getting divorced in Nebraska can be fairly straightforward, particularly if you meet the requirements for an uncontested divorce – where you and your spouse agree on issues like property division and child support and custody (if you have children). In this case, you’d need to complete the appropriate divorce papers in Nebraska and submit the to your county clerk to get started. Divorce papers prepared by CompleteCase.com can make the process even simpler, ensuring that you get only the divorce paperwork that you need for your situation. With the help of CompleteCase, you know you are submitting the right forms, filled out correctly, right from the beginning.
If you and your spouse are having difficulties in reaching an agreement on issues like property division or child custody, you may find the help of a divorce mediator beneficial. In the event that your divorce is complicated or there is significant disagreement on many issues. You may consider the assistance of a local divorce attorney.
The following information will help you to understand the divorce process in Nebraska, and how you can begin to move forward with your own divorce.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as of 2022 the divorce rate in Nebraska was 3.5 for every 1,000 residents. Nebraska's divorce rate has remained fairly constant over the past 20 years, placing it in the lower-middle of divorce statistics by state.
Nebraska is what is referred to as a “no-fault” state. This means that the state only allows no-fault divorce. In a no-fault divorce, you do not need to place blame on one spouse for the divorce. You only need to state that the marriage has broken down, that you have “irreconcilable differences”. Most people prefer a no-fault divorce, as they are loss-costly and faster than most fault-based divorces.
Nebraska has a relatively long residency requirement to file for divorce in the state. Either you or your spouse must have resided in Nebraska for at least one year before you can file.
The specific Nebraska divorce papers that you fill out will vary depending on several things, including the circumstances of your marriage – like if you and your spouse have minor children – and possibly the county where you are filing. You should contact the county clerk where you are going to file to verify that you are completing all the necessary forms for your situation and those required by the county.
Some of the forms that all individuals seeking divorce fill out include the “Complaint for Dissolution of Marriage (with or without children)”, the “Vital Statistics Certificate” and the “Social Security Information Form”.
Avoid signing any of your divorce papers until you are in the presence of a notary public. The court will not accept statements, affidavits or oaths if they are not notarized. Many county courts have a notary on location to sign your documents, but you should check before you attempt to file at your local court.
The Official Nebraska Government Website has an Online Legal Self-Help Center where you can learn more about divorce in the state and where you can find various online divorce papers. You should read all the information you can on divorce before you begin. The more you learn about the process, the better you will be able to protect yourself during the coming legal process. If you find the various documents and legal terms confusing, understand that this is normal. Without legal training, it is difficult to know what some of the documents are asking and which documents you need for your specific circumstances. To help avoid unnecessary delays or costs, many people in Nebraska choose to get their divorce papers online from CompleteCase.com. By using our divorce form preparation service you will know that you are filling out the right documents, and that you are doing it correctly the first time.
When you have finished Nebraska’s required divorce papers, you will need to print and make at least two additional copies of each – one for your personal records and one to serve to your spouse. You will take the original set of documents to the county clerk where you or your spouse live. It is recommended that you call ahead to verify that you are bringing everything you need to file, including a form of payment for the state filing fee that the court will accept. If you cannot afford the filing fee, you can request an “Affidavit and Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis”. Once the filing fee is considered paid, the clerk will stamp and file your documents.
The final step before your filing is complete is to serve your spouse. Serving simply means delivering a copy of your divorce papers to your spouse. If you and your spouse are on good terms, you can deliver them directly and get a signed “Voluntary Appearance” form to file with the clerk. If your spouse is not cooperative, you can have a sheriff serve the summons. You will need to pay a fee for this service. When the papers are served, the sheriff will give you a form which you can file with the clerk.
After your spouse has been served, you will need to wait for the court to review the documents and finalize the divorce. If you and your spouse agree on all aspects of the divorce, this can happen fairly quickly. If you need to argue your positions in front of the court, you can expect the divorce to take some time.
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By Deborah Sharp, USA TODAY
Couples can find a mate, fill out a bridal registry and plan a honeymoon on the computer. Now they can also divorce online.
A Web site started last year by a Seattle attorney gives the unhappily wed in Washington, California, Florida and New York the option of dissolving their marriages online. Texas is next, and several other states are being considered.
The site is the latest twist in a do-it-yourself trend. Changing trends in the USA Average age of first marriage Divorce year male female Divorced Americans Divorces granted 1970 23.2 20.8 4.3 million 0.7 million 2000 26.8 25.1 19.9 million 1.2 million Sources: U.S. Census; National Center for Health Statistics
No national figures exist on self-representation. But some experts estimate that as many as half of 1.2 million couples divorcing annually in the USA do so without a lawyer representing at least one of the parties.
The Web site, www.completecase.com, differs from the many self-help sites offering advice, referrals or downloads of documents needed to file for divorce in a particular state.
For $249, the Web site prompts couples with questions on everything from dividing financial assets to deciding where the kids celebrate birthdays. The software then uses their answers to fill out the documents that a couple can download and submit to a court.
Requirements vary by locale as to whether a couple must show up in court or can mail in or fax their divorce filing. But in all cases, a judge must still sign the order ending a marriage.
Randy Finney, a family law attorney for 11 years and the founder of the Web site, says it was designed for uncontested divorces. It's not for couples with convoluted finances or for those fighting over child custody and who gets the dog.
"The decision to get a divorce comes way before the decision about how to get a divorce," says Finney, 35, who is happily married. "I don't think anyone takes their wedding vows so frivolously that they're going to get a divorce just because they can do it for $249."
Not everyone is thrilled with the notion of cyber-divorce.
Judges and lawyers fret that couples who use the Web site may believe they've had legal counsel when they haven't. And leaders in the movement to save marriages complain that point-and-click divorce further undermines the institution's supposed sanctity.
"I can only think of one use of the Internet that's worse and that's pornography," says Dennis Rainey, executive director of FamilyLife, a religious group based in Little Rock. "We're trying to do all we can to call people to keep their wedding vows."
FamilyLife has joined with 30 other organizations since 1999 in drawing 175,000 spouses nationwide to "I Still Do" ceremonies that affirm marriage.
Despite the marriage celebrations, about one-fifth of American men and women have been divorced at least once.
A study released last month by the U.S. Census shows about 90% of Americans will marry at some point. For men, 54% married just once. For women, 60%. Serial marriage is rare: Only 3% of Americans have married three times or more; 13% have married twice.
Finney estimates his Web site has helped 1,000 couples unhitch. Stacey Kiss of Seattle is among those who traveled to virtual Splitsville. The self-described "Internet junkie" says it took her and her husband of seven years about three hours one night to click through the Web site's detailed questions.
"We never got along on anything through our entire marriage, but we still managed to come to an agreement," says Kiss, 36, a hospital business-services manager. "Why drag it out and make it complicated?"
She says the online split was cheaper and easier than her first, traditional divorce. Now single, Kiss says she's comfortable with dot-com divorce, but she draws the line at cyber-dating.
"I like surfing the Web," she says, "but not for men."
Ernesto Gomez and his wife Blanca had been planning to get a divorce for three years. They had already separated and worked out custody and child support for their two kids. But they had stalled on filing because they didn't want to deal with the hassle and expense. Hiring a lawyer, they were told, would cost at least $1,500. Using a free service offered by the court would involve numerous meetings spread out over several weeks.
So when Gomez heard an ad on the radio for a service called completecase.com that would let him fill out the paperwork online for just $249, he decided to give it a try. Four days after he logged onto the site, he had the papers completed and filed in court. "CompleteCase gives you step-by-step instructions. You can't miss anything," says Gomez, a distribution-center manager in Miami.
Gomez is not the only one turning to the Internet to simplify the process. Other services, like divorcewizards. com and divorcesyourself.com also offer quickie online divorce kits, usually for $300 or less. No lawyer is involved unless a client chooses to pay extra for a consultation by phone or e-mail.
Brian Lee, president of legalzoom.com says his site has handled more than 30,000 divorces since its launch in 2001. Though people still have to convey their forms to the court, the process of filling out the paperwork can take less than an hour, thanks to simple online questionnaires that hand-hold customers through the process.
Online divorce is not an option if the couple can't agree on the terms. Even when they can, not everyone thinks it's a good idea. "Instant divorce is the last thing we need," says Mike McManus, president of the marriage advocacy group Marriage Savers. Instead of a divorce, McManus says, couples often just need time to cool off before working out their differences.
Still, such services are spreading. Utah and California offer do-it-yourself sites that let you fill the forms out online (for $20 at utcourts.gov/how to; free at www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp) Traffic on the California site rose from 6,800 page views in May 2002 to nearly 17,000 in May 2003. --By Anita Hamilton
The Los Angeles Times; Los Angeles, Calif.; Nov 19, 2001; MARTIN MILLER;
Abstract: Californians can legally split from their spouses over the Web site http://www.completecase.com and never have to set foot in a courthouse or lawyer's office. Legal papers can be completed within anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the complexity of the split, according to Randolph Finney, a Seattle-based family law attorney who founded the site.
For Californians, once the judge signs the documents, they are "legally binding and enforceable," says Finney, but per state law the divorce doesn't become finalized for six months.
Full Text: (Copyright, The Times Mirror Company; Los Angeles Times 2001 All rights reserved)
The circle of online life is now complete. You can date online; you can marry online; and now you can divorce online.
Californians can legally split from their spouses over the Web site http://www.completecase.com and never have to set foot in a courthouse or lawyer's office. Legal papers can be completed within anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the complexity of the split, according to Randolph Finney, a Seattle-based family law attorney who founded the site.
For a flat fee of $249, the site walks divorcing couples step-by- step through such issues as community property and calculating child support payments. When the online form is completed, the applicant simply signs the papers and mails them to the courthouse.
But it's not for everyone. It works only for those couples who are parting amicably and filing for an uncontested divorce. "If you can't agree on who gets the kids, our site is not for you," says Finney, a married 35-year-old.
The site debuted earlier this year, but only to residents of Washington state. Last month, California was added, and soon Florida, New York and Oregon are expected to be added. So far, the site has helped process hundreds of divorces, says Finney.
The site has drawn critics who denounce the online divorce as yet another blow to society's bedrock institutions. The very ease of the process, some contend, makes family and marriage as disposable as an old appliance. Indeed, a similar site in England was recently condemned by the pope as immoral because it made divorce too easy.
Naturally, Finney disagrees. "I think our Web site has the opposite effect," he said. "If you're going to get divorced, let's do it in a civil manner. I really don't believe having something available that makes it easier and costs less money is going to encourage divorce."
The inspiration for the project came from his law practice, where he primarily handles divorces. It took about a year to get the site up and running. "On almost a daily basis, I would get clients who said they needed a divorce but didn't have the money or the patience with the legal process to pursue it," he said. "These people are really stuck between a rock and a hard place."
For Californians, once the judge signs the documents, they are "legally binding and enforceable," says Finney, but per state law the divorce doesn't become finalized for six months. "It isn't quite as fast as a Las Vegas divorce," he says.
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