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- Family Law
- Juvenile Law
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- South Dakota
- GordenLaw, LLC
- - Current
- 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
- 10 Best Client Satisfaction
- American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
- Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under 40
- National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
- Nebraska State Bar  # 23294
Articles & Publications
- How to Partner With Your Divorce Attorney
- Stress Free Divorce Vol IV
- "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
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- GordenLaw, LLC
34 Questions Answered
- Q. separating unmarried couple, can mother/father move out with a 3 year old child?
- A: Yes. There are several factors that may affect legal rights and responsibilities. First, whether natural father signed an acknowledgment of paternity at the child's birth. If so, that is legal paternity. If not, parents can only bring a private action to legally establish parentage within the child's first 4 years of life. If the parents are not residing together, the issues of decision making, parenting time, and financial support are best handled through the courts, even if the parties are friendly and can agree. That way, if something changes in the future, each parent has enforceable rights and responsibilities. Each parent should at least consult with an attorney confidentially about their specific facts in order to determine how best to proceed. Best wishes as the family dynamics change and you navigate this process.
- Q. In my divorce decree, it states that my ex wife will take over our mortgage payment but my name is still on the mortgage
- A: Remember that your divorce decree is only valid as between the two parties involved - the Court that granted your Decree cannot force a bank to remove your name or allow the ex to refinance. As a best practice, my office typically ensures we draft a provision requiring the spouse keeping a mortgage to make "all reasonable efforts" to refinance. If your Decree or Property Settlement has similar language, she may be in contempt for refusing to make efforts (although she would not be in contempt if she tried but failed to qualify). If there is only a requirement that she make the payments and she is doing so, she would be meeting the requirements of your court orders. Your best bet is to take your Decree and paperwork in to consult with an attorney about your options. Best wishes!
- Q. my cousin give me her baby and we type a paper saying that I have temp custody of her .what can I do ? to keep her
- A: First, a typed paper alone is not enough for delegated parental authority unless it is notarized and uses this form: https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/self-help/families-children/temporary-delegation-parental-powers Second, if the parent revokes the Temporary Delegation at any time, it is over. If your cousin and the father are unfit to parent and you would like to assume legal guardianship of the child, or adopt the child you would need to file for guardianship or adoption in the county court where you reside. Depending on your circumstances, you could also reach out to NDHHS if you are concerned and see if they will step in to help and then you could seek placement through a juvenile court proceeding if one opens. You will definitely want to visit with a lawyer confidentially about the specifics of your case and how to proceed. Best wishes to you and your family!
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