Like other states, Nebraska allows its courts to award what are called alimony payments to either spouse following a divorce.
Nebraska courts have broad discretion to decide whether and how much alimony to award. The courts must consider a range of factors the ultimately boil down to deciding whether alimony is needed in order to fairly balance the wealth and earning potential of the parties.
Particularly if they have good careers, men in Omaha need to be aware that there is nothing per se which prevents judges from awarding alimony in the event of a high-asset divorce. Even if both parties are getting a lot of property following a divorce, alimony serve a slightly different purpose and, thus, will be considered separately.
Moreover, men in this sort of situation also need to realize that it is important for them to do what they can to get the amount of alimony correct the first time. While alimony payments can be changed, the person asking for the change has to show the court a good reason for doing so. Moreover, there are some technical requirements associated with changing alimony which can at times be real obstacles and, at a minimum, require some additional work.
On the other hand, if a judge declines to award alimony in Nebraska, that decision is final. Likewise, if a person was supposed to pay a set amount of alimony, he cannot be assessed additional alimony once the original balance gets paid in full.
Alimony can be a huge issue for men involved in high-asset divorces, especially if their spouses did not earn as much as they did or gave up personal and professional opportunities for the sake of the family. The question of alimony should be discussed carefully with an experienced family law attorney.