Vanessa Jean Gorden

Vanessa Jean Gorden

GordenLaw, LLC
  • Family Law, Divorce, Juvenile Law
  • Nebraska, South Dakota
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Vanessa attended the University of South Dakota for college, graduate school, and law school, and earned her J.D. from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 2005. She is a member of the Thomas Sterling Honor Society, the highest honor bestowed upon the top 10% of students in each USD Law graduating class. Prior to moving to Lincoln in 2008, Vanessa practiced law in rural northeastern Nebraska. Throughout her career, Vanessa has concentrated on representing individuals in family law, juvenile law, and guardianship/adoption matters in probate court. Vanessa was honored to be part of the 2008-2009 Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy. She has also served as Chair of the Volunteer Lawyers' Project committee for the Nebraska State Bar. Recently Vanessa was honored to receive the "10 Best Client Satisfaction Award" from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys in 2016 and the "Top 10 Attorneys Under 40" award from the National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys in 2015.

Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Juvenile Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Nebraska
South Dakota
Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
Attorney/Owner
GordenLaw, LLC
- Current
Education
University of South Dakota School of Law
J.D. (2005) | Law
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Honors: Thomas Sterling Honor Society (Top 10% of graduating class); CALI awards in Property and Jurisprudence
Activities: R.D. Hurd Pro Bono Society; Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity
Awards
10 Best Client Satisfaction
American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under 40
National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
Professional Associations
Nebraska State Bar # 23294
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Speaking Engagements
"Filing for Divorce" & "Effective Use of Discovery", Divorce Law Guide A to Z, Omaha, Nebraska
National Business Institute, Inc.
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19 Questions Answered

Q. What is my next step?
A: If your granddaughter is involved in juvenile court and foster care, you can Motion to Intervene as a grandparent. Your best bet is to visit with an experienced juvenile law attorney. You have a right to see your home study as well, so that you can address it in Court if necessary. At the very least, you can petition for grandparent visitation to maintain your relationship with her. Best wishes to your family during this difficult time.
Q. Can my child's father take my children out of state for vacation if i don't give him permission to leave state?
A: Unless your Parenting Plan specifically says he cannot leave a defined geographical area, he can travel freely during the confines of his scheduled parenting time. Many parenting plans include language about notifying for travel out of state, but do not require permission. However, if it is not specifically addressed, it is not prohibited.
Q. I realized my husband has an affair with other woman cheated before, can I sue her before my divorce?
A: Adultery is not a crime, but if your spouse is using marital assets to fund a vacation with his mistress, that may affect some of the judge’s financial decisions. I am sorry to hear you are going through this difficult situation. If you want to take charge, you should consult confidentially with an experienced divorce attorney about your options to protect yourself moving forward. Best wishes.
Q. Rx-wife is continually in contempt of court per their parenting plan in which the judge enforced, but that judge wont
A: The answer will depend on your specific facts and the type of violation that is occurring. It may be that you will need to consider modifying the existing plan to clean up any unclear language that is giving her leeway. Your best bet is to visit with an experienced family law attorney who knows the law and your judge to help consider your options. Best wishes.
Q. Does parent time mean neither the father nor mother have custody?
A: Alot of the answers to your questions are going to depend on how you are otherwise doing on probation and how your child's father is doing with his. Are you drug testing and testing clean? Are you living in a safe and stable environment? Obtaining prenatal medical care? Otherwise following the rules? Is your boyfriend following the rules, sober and stable? If so, you should talk to your juvenile court attorney about asking to have that probation condition lifted so that the father can be more involved. However, you cannot sneak around - that will only harm both of your cases if you are ordered not to be together. Parenting time is the legal term that is for when each parent has possession of or time with the child. Custody is both legal (the right to make decisions for the child in school, medical care, and religion) and physical (the right to the primary residence of the child). You have a constitutional right to parent unless you are unfit and unable to provide your child a safe home. Best wishes!
Q. How do I go forward when judge has ordered it a civil case in regards to back alimony
A: All money judgment enforcements are civil actions. Your question is a bit unclear as to where you are in the process, but I would note that the process for civil or criminal contempt for nonpayment is the same. If you did not receive alimony at the time of your divorce, you can never have it awarded post-dissolution, but you may have some other civil cause of action against your former spouse (for example, if you are being sued for his/her debt or a joint debt, you may be able to bring him/her into the action as a co-defendant). Your best bet is to consult with an experienced attorney in your jurisdiction so you can confidentially review the specific details in your matter and learn about your options. Best wishes!
Q. Should I pay the closing costs for my ex husband to refinance the home in his name?
A: The answer lies in your Divorce Decree. If it says you are responsible to help pay those costs, you are. If it does not say that, don't do it. It's really that simple. If the Decree makes him responsible to refinance, he has an obligation to do it if it's at reasonable cost and he could be subject to contempt if he does not do so. If you have questions about how to interpret your Decree or whether you may have a contempt action if he fails to refinance, you should either contact the lawyer who helped with your divorce case or another local family law attorney and have them help you review your Decree for your options. Best wishes!
Q. If i file for child support and father pays half of daycare expenses, does that come out of child support amount?
A: Child support is separate from daycare and medical expenses, it does not come out of the amount he will be required to pay. However, if paying child support and daycare would put the father under the poverty line, he would not be ordered to share the daycare costs. I hope this is helpful! Best!
Q. Can a judge in Nebraska give temporary custody of children with a case in Nebraska to their father in Iowa?
A: Your daughter will need to hire an attorney right away to address this issue. Ex parte orders (orders issued without hearing) are very temporary in nature and can only be in place for a couple of weeks before a hearing is held where she will have the chance to provide her own information and concerns. However, ex parte orders are generally disfavored and the evidence provided has to suggest a serious risk of harm to the child for a judge to change custody temporarily even with a hearing. The fact that one parent lives out of state following a divorce does not change the judge's authority to place with that parent. Best wishes to you and your family as you navigate this difficult situation. (Note that this answer is provided for educational and general informational purposes only and is not intended to be relied upon as legal advice, nor does the exchange on Justia create an attorney-client relationship or attorney-client privilege).
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Lincoln, NE 68508
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