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What factors do courts consider in a Nebraska child custody case?

Nebraska state child custody laws reflect the federal Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). Every state in the nation has ratified this act, which assists state courts in honoring child custody matters that have been decided in other states. The UCCJEA also discourages the interference with the child custody orders made in other states, and prohibits instances of parental abduction.

Since each state ratifies its own set of child custody rules, there may be some legal differences as you cross state lines. For example, almost all states will support a non-custodial parent in having visitation rights, except in circumstances when the children are at risk. However, not every state will automatically award visitation rights to grandparents, as is the case in Nebraska. Also, not every state will consider a child's wishes when deciding a child custody case.

In Nebraska, when deciding a child custody matter, family law courts will take into consideration the following factors:

-- The child's wishes, if the court deems that the child is mature enough to have a say in the matter.

-- The home environment offered by both parents.

-- Both parent's work schedules.

-- How well the parents get along with one another.

-- Whether either parent has a history of abusing alcohol or drugs.

Are you in the throes of a child custody dispute with the other parent of your child or children in Nebraska? By speaking with a qualified family law attorney, you can gain valuable insight into your particular case. Your attorney will also be able to provide guidance on how to protect your rights -- and the best interests of your children -- in your case.

Source: FindLaw, "Nebraska Child Custody Laws," accessed March 14, 2017

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