Posts tagged "Parenting Plans and Parenting Time"
Many men in Omaha find themselves in the middle of a conflict over custody and parenting time. Sometimes, conflicts emerge at the outset of a paternity or a divorce proceeding, while at other times, a couple may find that they can no longer agree on the terms of a Nebraska parenting plan.
As this blog has mentioned before, Nebraska parenting plans are not set in stone. Unlike with other court orders and settlements, family law judges in the Omaha area have relatively broad discretion to modify the custody and parenting time provisions in a parenting plan. The logic behind this flexibility is that parenting plans are supposed to be drafted for the best interest of the children involved, and the best interest of children can change as time goes on and different circumstances arise.
Some men in Omaha who have gone through a custody or parenting time matter in family law court or who are contemplating having to do so may have heard of the Nebraska Parenting Act. This law governs all sorts of custody and parenting time proceedings and is relatively unique when compared with the laws of other states.
A previous post on this blog talked about the right of first refusal and its importance to many Nebraska fathers. Basically, in Nebraska, this right to provide childcare to one's own children needs to be protected in a man's court-ordered parenting plan. Otherwise, it can be very hard to assert successfully.
As previously discussed on this blog, in Nebraska, lawmakers and judges alike prefer not to set out standard parenting plans but to create one that meets a family's unique circumstances. While, ideally, the parents themselves manage to negotiate a parenting plan, the court is able to create one for the parties if they cannot agree.
As this blog has discussed previously, Nebraska law strongly encourages dads in this state to work with their children's mothers to come up with a parenting plan that works for all parties involved.
As this blog has discussed previously, Nebraska law has been written in such a way to strongly encourage parents in this state to iron out their differences regarding custody and parenting time and to submit a detailed parenting plan to the court hearing their case.
It is hard enough for an Omaha, Nebraska, dad who wants to be part of his child's life to negotiate a suitable parenting plan to enable him to enjoy court-ordered visits with his child. However, it can be even more frustrating when the child's mother disregards the plan altogether and denies the father parenting time. It is also frustrating when the mom repeatedly commits minor violations of the parenting plan that, when added together, are clearly a scheme to make the man's time with his child as difficult and unpleasant as possible.
Since the Omaha area is the home of a major Air Force base, it is not surprising that many dads who live here are on active duty in the service. Many other Nebraska dads in the area may be serving their country as a reservist or member of the National Guard.
As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, Nebraska law and the Nebraska courts generally prefer both parents to have as much parenting time as possible. This is good news for fathers, since it means that they will often be given the opportunity to develop a healthy relationship with their children, thanks in large part to the generous visitation schedule that is a real possibility under Nebraska's laws.