Sarpy County Divorce Lawyers
Serving Bellevue, Omaha, Lincoln, and all of Eastern Nebraska
If you are seeking a divorce, our attorneys at Reagan Melton & Delaney can provide the compassionate guidance you need throughout your case. The processes and proceedings are complicated, requiring mounds of paperwork to be completed and various steps to be filed. Failing to adhere to the rules and laws concerning the dissolution of marriage can cause delays or even result in your case being dismissed, which means you would have to restart the process.
Our Sarpy County divorce lawyers have extensive experience and know how to navigate every stage of the process. We are client-focused and will keep your goals and best interests in mind as we assist you with your case. Going through a life-changing event can be stressful and frustrating, which is why we will be available to answer your questions and return your phone calls and emails promptly. When you choose us, you can be confident that you will have a team on your side who truly cares about you and will treat you with the respect you deserve.
We provide legal representation to individuals and families in Bellevue, Omaha, Lincoln, and all of Eastern Nebraska, contact us at (402) 226-1899 to discuss your circumstances during a confidential consultation.
Filing a Complaint for Divorce
To seek a dissolution of marriage, you must first ensure that you meet the state's residency requirements. Generally, you and your spouse must have lived in Nebraska for at least 1 year before you can file for a divorce. However, if you've resided in Nebraska for less than 1 year, but you were married in the state and have lived here since your marriage, you can submit your request.
The actual divorce process begins after you file a Complaint for Dissolution of Marriage with the court in the county in which you or your spouse live. Filing the complaint does not mean your marriage has been dissolved. It is simply the first of many steps you must complete before a judge considers and signs a divorce decree.
Along with the complaint, you must submit:
- Vital Statistics Certificate
- Confidential Employment and Health Insurance Information and Social Security Information
- Filing fee or fee waiver
When providing the court with the necessary documents, you must ensure you give complete and accurate responses to all questions and statements. Failing to do so could delay the granting of the final decree.
Serving Your Spouse with Divorce Documents
Within 6 months of filing your Complaint for Dissolution of Marriage, you must serve your spouse with a copy. If you do not, your case will be dismissed.
You can pursue several different avenues for getting copies of the documents to your spouse, such as:
- Voluntary appearance: Giving your spouse the form, which they sign and return to you or the court
- Praecipe for Summons: Having a sheriff deliver the documents to your spouse
- Service by Publication: Having the notice of divorce published in the newspaper
Attending a Hearing
After your spouse receives the divorce documents, you must wait 60 days before scheduling a hearing. During the proceeding, the judge will review the paperwork you've provided and listen to testimony from you and your spouse before deciding whether or not to sign the divorce decree.
You must ensure that you come prepared for the hearing. Our Sarpy County lawyers can help you complete all required documents and plan what you are going to say during the proceeding.
Treating Your Case with Care
At Reagan Melton & Delaney, we understand that this can be an emotional time for you and your family. We will be sensitive to your needs and deliver legal representation to help you navigate the process effectively.
150 Years of Combined Experience
Boutique Law Firm with Big Firm Results
Highly Regarded within the Local Court Systems
Skilled Litigators Who Are Not Afraid to Go to Trial
Experience of a Former Prosecutor
Accessible & Responsive Counsel
“My recent case was settled in my favor. The firm as a whole is well-run, efficient in management, perfectly reliable, and professional.”- Jan R.
“We would like say how grateful we are to Rick Whitworth and the firm of Reagan Melton and Delaney and their staff for the friendly service guiding us through the legal system.”- Henry & Sandra V.
“Steve genuinely cares about his clients. I was confident that he always had my best interest at heart. He consistently provided me assurance while working diligently through the legal aspects of my case.”- Debbie D.