There are many things that come into play when filing for a divorce in Nebraska, such as how property is going to be divided and what type of situation has to be set up regarding children. Even in a basic divorce that does not involve children or substantial property, though, it is very important to gather all of the facts beforehand. Here are a few things that everyone should know.
First of all, you cannot file for a divorce in the state unless one of you — you or your spouse — has lived in Nebraska for at least a year. There is only one exception to this rule, and it applies to newly married couples. If your marriage was done in Nebraska and you have not lived anywhere else the whole time, you can apply for a divorce in less than one year, if you desire.
The first person that you will need to contact is a clerk in your county, who works at the District Court. Either you or your spouse have to be living in that county. You then have to give the clerk a form that is known as a Complaint for Dissolution. To file, you must also pay a fee.
Since names are often changed after a marriage, they may need to be changed back after a divorce. It is up to each person to individually put in the paperwork to make this change, if they want to do so.
Finally, if your address changes in the time after you have filed your paperwork, make sure that you tell the clerk at the District Court. This should also be done if your spouse moves to a new address.
Going through all of this on your own for the first time makes it far too easy to overlook something small that could derail — or at least slow down — the entire process. As such, it may be a good idea to work with an experienced lawyer who knows the ins and outs of filing for divorce.
Source: Supreme Court, “Filing for Divorce in Nebraska — No Children and No Disputed Property” Sep. 10, 2014