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. 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
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Juvenile Law
Video Conferencing
  • Zoom
  • 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
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South Dakota
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  • English
Professional Experience
GordenLaw, LLC
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University of South Dakota School of Law
J.D. (2005) | Law
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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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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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.
Life Coach Certification
New Skills Academy
Family Law Trial Advocacy graduate
National Institute of Trial Advocacy/American Bar Association
Websites & Blogs
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Legal Answers
53 Questions Answered
Q. Do I have to be notified ahead of the hearing date why someone is taking me to court so I can prepare?
A: You would be well served to schedule a consultation with an attorney and bring in the notice of hearing you received. A Nebraska attorney can review the document and access the public court file and tell you what the hearing is about. For example, has your ex filed for a hearing on the protection order to have it set aside or modified? Is it to obtain personal belongings still in your home? Do you have children together? Etc.
Q. My ex wife is keeping my 12 year old son from school. What are my odds of getting custody if I go into this?
A: The only way to have an evaluation of your specific case would be to have a confidential consultation with an attorney who is experienced in family law and familiar with the Judge on your matter and to review your current Parenting Plan and court orders as well as the child's current attendance, progress in school, and any other family or environmental factors involved. Often missing school or work is indicative of other issues that may be going on for the parent or the child. Best wishes as you work through this situation!
Q. My boyfriends childrens mother filed for health benefits and he is now being ordered to test for paternity/child support
A: Generally, the State of Nebraska initiates child support actions if a parent seeks state benefits and no support is in place. Once that case is opened, if there is no custody/parenting time order and he would like to have one, he will want to make sure the mother is added as a party and file an Answer to State's Complaint and a Cross-Complaint for the issues of parenting all within the same case for court efficiency and because the parenting time can affect the amount of support in certain circumstances. Whether he receives parenting time, or joint or full custody is going to be dependent on a whole long list of case-specific factors. He will want to confidentially consult with an experienced family law attorney about the specific situation he and his children have in order to know his options and get advice for his specific situation. Best wishes as your family navigates through this!
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GordenLaw, LLC
610 J Street Suite 220
Lincoln, NE 68508
Telephone: (402) 817-1450
Fax: (402) 817-1736
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