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Not sure if the child's yours? Ask for a DNA test

As a man who has always wanted to become a father, the notice that your girlfriend was pregnant made you very happy. You were so happy that you were both going to be raising a child together, but that happiness abated when you realized how rare this would be.

You'd known for some time that you weren't able to have children, but that doesn't mean that it can't ever happen. Medical truths are often stranger than fiction. Your girlfriend insists she's been with no one else, and you want to believe her. Now what do you do?

Could a spendthrift trust solve your estate planning problems?

When doing your estate planning, sometimes you can run into a conundrum. You want to provide an equitable share to all your heirs. However, you know that leaving a large lump sum of money to one or more children or grandchildren could be their undoing.

The fact is that not all people are good with money. Some may just lack the financial acumen needed to invest wisely and may burn through the funds investing in get-rich-quick schemes designed solely to separate them from their inheritance. Others may be addicted to drugs or alcohol and will wind up living a dissolute life or perhaps even overdose. Still others may be subject to lawsuits from creditors or may have married someone who is likely to usurp their funds for their own purposes.

Should you change your estate plan because of your divorce?

Many married couples create estate plans jointly, often with the intention of providing for their children in the event that something happens to them. Too many people forget about that cooperative last will or estate plan in their divorce, leaving their legacy vulnerable to serious problems in the future.

If you have already initiated the process of legally ending your marriage, you should also consider taking steps sooner rather than later to update your estate plan to reflect your new family situation. You may want to remove your ex as beneficiary, administrator or trustee as appropriate and consider taking further action to protect your legacy, especially if you share children.

Why women are more likely to divorce after a promotion

In the 1950s, only one out of three women were participating in the workforce, which meant the other two either maintained the household for their husbands or acted as stay-at-home mothers for their children.

The percentage has dramatically risen as working mothers are the standard, with over 70% of mothers working a fulltime position in 2018. It makes people wonder what happens when women start climbing the career ladders over their husbands?

In a Nebraska divorce, taking the high road has its benefits

Divorce is a trying, emotional time that leads some people to act in ways that are out of character. And that behavior can have negative consequences during the divorce process for Nebraskans.

A divorce turns your life upside down, of course. And you just might want to let your ex know what is on your mind. But letting the hurt take hold of you isn't recommended for your stress level, and it can harm your future.

Marriage red flags that led to divorce

Every marriage has its own challenges. Every divorce has its own reasons. You cannot assume things will go exactly the same for you as they did for anyone else.

Even so, looking at the red flags that other couples noticed prior to a divorce can help show you why it happens and that, in turn, may show you if it's going to happen to you. Below are just a few examples that couples reported:

  • They enjoyed spending time on their own more than they enjoyed spending it together. If your time with your spouse feels like an obligation, that's not how it should be.
  • They did not have the same attitudes when it came to parenting. If only one person does all of the work and the other focuses on themselves and ignores the children, that can lead to growing resentment.
  • The other person did not give them enough attention. When one person feels neglected, it can lead to them feeling unloved.
  • The other person would never apologize, even when it was warranted. If they have no remorse for their mistakes, it could mean they'll never change.
  • They did not share the load when it came to things like household chores and parenting. A marriage needs to be a partnership, or the person who is doing more of the work may decide they would be better off on their own.

2 important estate planning considerations for single parents

The Omaha region of Nebraska has its share of single parents, each of them dedicated to providing for their children's current and future needs. A great method of accomplishing this goal is estate planning. However, estate planning for single parents may look a bit different than it does in households with two parents.

Our attorneys have helped all types of families secure their legacies as well as their children's futures with careful estate planning. From our experience, we have identified two key areas single parents should not overlook. These areas include the following.

Why co-parents should agree on their kids' increased freedoms

One of the reasons that the preteen and teen years are so fraught with conflict for parents is that kids are seeking more freedom, responsibilities and privileges. Their wishes are often based on what their friends are allowed to do or at what age older siblings were allowed to do or have various things.

It's never easy for parents to decide when the time is right to let their children stay home alone, have their own cellphone, go to boy-girl parties and more. However, when parents are separated or divorced, these decisions are even more difficult.

What is ambient abuse?

Domestic violence often includes physical abuse. However, it's problematic to assume that people may not endure other types of abuse that do not appear as obvious from the outside. They do. One example is ambient abuse.

Ambient abuse focuses on creating a general atmosphere of stress and hostility. Examples of actions that can do this include:

  • Threatening to commit physical violence
  • Manipulating the other person
  • Eroding their self-confidence
  • Insulting them and putting them down
  • Making them feel isolated and alone
  • Saying that their feelings are not realistic or not valid
  • Playing mind games
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