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The termination of parental rights: What you should know

Can your parental rights be taken from you by the other parent? When a couple with children splits up, one parent may swear to "take the children" out of anger or a sense of revenge.

It's not really that easy.

Consider kinship adoption's pros and cons for your baby

Unexpected pregnancies happen -- and when they do, the decision about how to proceed, or even if to proceed, can be heartbreaking.

However, for those who want to continue the pregnancy, adoption is an option -- especially if there is a family member that's willing to adopt the baby and raise the child as his or her own. The practice is known as "kinship adoption," and it's something to give serious consideration.

4 things to know about filing taxes during a divorce

That time of year is upon us again. You and other Nebraskans may already be waiting for your W-2 forms in the mail so you can begin working on your tax return. If you are recently divorced or in the middle of a divorce, filing your taxes is likely to be a different experience from what you are used to.

The following information, provided by Intuit, may give you an idea of what to expect when you are doing your taxes as a new or soon-to-be divorcee.

Inherited wealth: How to keep it secure for the next generation

If you have significant insurance policies, investment plans, stock portfolios or other assets, have you gotten an estate plan together in order to make certain that the wealth your family has now is protected for the future generation?

If you're like most people, the answer to that question is, "No." It's probably somewhere on the list of things you need to eventually do, but over a third of people with significant assets admit that they don't even have a will. Only 26 percent of those folks with a substantial net worth have a complete strategy ready to transfer wealth to their heirs.

Nebraska may run out of available guardians for aged, disabled

When age or disability robs someone of the ability to handle their own financial affairs, they need someone to step into the role of a legal guardian in order to be protected from unscrupulous people that would happily prey on them (and their bank accounts).

Unfortunately, not everyone has a loving family member or friend who is willing and able to step into that role.

What happens during an adoption home visit?

Probably one of the most stressful events in an adoption is the home visit.

State agencies do home studies to make sure that the families they place adoptees into are stable, loving environments that are suitable for raising children. That's enough to make anyone nervous.

Why do people get divorced?

Being in the middle of a divorce can bring up a lot of negative feelings -- anger, jealousy, betrayal, loss and (perhaps above all) loneliness.

However, you probably aren't nearly as alone as you feel. Studies (and family lawyers) say that the odds are good that you're getting divorced for one of the seven reasons discussed below.

Does your Nebraska child support need to be reviewed?

When it comes to child support, the initial figure set at the time of divorce is not necessarily set in stone. If something changes in your circumstances, you can apply to have the child support amount reviewed for possible modification.

This process can be complex and confusing. Often, a family law attorney is an excellent resource for navigating the system of requesting a child support modification. Here are some basic facts regarding how to proceed if you think your child support needs modification.

Is the financial power of attorney you have usable?

Do you have your parents', grandparents' or sibling's financial power of attorney (POA)?

It isn't uncommon for close relatives to sign documents that allow the other person to take over his or her affairs if he or she is suddenly unable to handle business him or herself. In some cases, it may even be necessary -- especially if a sibling in the military is at risk of suddenly being called back overseas.

Thinking ahead to next year: Planning Christmas after divorce

Do you already know that this is your last Christmas with your kids and spouse as a united family? If so, you aren't alone.

It isn't unusual for the holidays to make people realize that they just can't continue in a marriage and simultaneously postpone doing anything about it for a few more weeks in order to keep from upsetting the kids and extended family until after the holiday has passed.