Vanessa Jean Gorden

Vanessa Jean Gorden

GordenLaw, LLC
  • Family Law, Divorce, Juvenile Law
  • Nebraska, South Dakota
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Biography

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. Vanessa is also a graduate of the 2019 NITA/ABA Family Law Trial Academy.

Practice Areas
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Divorce
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Juvenile Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    We do charge for initial consultations, because we also provide you some advice you are able to use to protect your goals and interests even if you do not choose to proceed with your matter with our firm.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Nebraska
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South Dakota
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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
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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
Member
Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
How to Partner With Your Divorce Attorney
Stress Free Divorce Vol IV
Speaking Engagements
"Filing for Divorce" & "Effective Use of Discovery", Divorce Law Guide A to Z, Omaha, Nebraska
National Business Institute, Inc.
Certifications
Life Coach Certification
New Skills Academy
Family Law Trial Advocacy graduate
National Institute of Trial Advocacy/American Bar Association
Websites & Blogs
Website
GordenLaw, LLC
Legal Answers
66 Questions Answered
Q. Child support office says I pay full amount of support for final month even if my daughter turns 19 on may16th
A: That is correct. Child support in Nebraska is due in full and owed on the 1st of each calendar month and it is paid by the month and not pro-rated. Just as children are minor dependents for tax purposes in the year they turn 19 whether they turn 19 in January or December, support is owed for the entire month whether they turn 19 on the 2nd or 31st of the month.
Q. Do I have any legal right to my grand children if something happens to my son when he has brain surgery?
A: Your son should consider a Temporary Delegation of Parental Powers during his recovery AND a will that names a person of his choice as testamentary guardian for the children. If the worst happens and he passes during or after surgery, the person named as guardian would at least have a chance at obtaining guardianship of the children following his death. Best wishes.
Q. Nebraska.Owned home got married sold home purchased new home with all the money I made on sale.New home has only my name
A: You may be able to “trace” your premarital property into the new home you purchased to have the court separate it from the marital estate before dividing what is marital. You will need an experienced divorce lawyer to help you through that process. Best wishes!
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Contact & Map
GordenLaw, LLC
6911 Van Dorn Suite 3
Lincoln, NE 68506
Telephone: (402) 817-1450
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Office hours are generally M-F 9-5. Note that we are closed for court holidays (both State and Federal) and at certain times of the year for meetings, etc.