Nebraska parents often have serious concerns regarding how their decision to divorce will impact their children. It is not always easy to come to a reasonable agreement on how child custody should work, and one parent may believe that he or she should seek sole custody. In the past, it was much easier for a mother to seek sole custody, but fathers also have the right to fight for an arrangement that is in the best interests of his children.
Fathers have the right to maintain a strong relationship with their children. There are times when it may be best for the child to live primarily or solely with one parent, but each custody plan should be uniquely suited to the individual situation. There are two main types of custody, legal and physical custody. Legal custody refers to the right a parent has to make important decisions for the child, while physical custody refers to the time spent with each parent.
Parents have the right to craft a custody order out of court. Through discussions and negotiations, they may be able to create a custody plan that suits every member of the family. However, if this is not possible, a Nebraska family court will decide on the terms of the final order, including parenting time and how parents will share legal custody.
In the past, courts may have preferred mothers over fathers, but that is not always the case now. Dads who want to fight for sole or joint custody have the right to do so. Working with an experienced family law attorney can help them seek terms that will make sense and provide stability for years to come.