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.

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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Professional Experience
Attorney/Owner
GordenLaw, LLC
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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
Family Law Trial Advocacy graduate
National Institute of Trial Advocacy/American Bar Association
Life Coach Certification
New Skills Academy
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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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Nebraska
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South Dakota
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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.
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
Languages
  • English
Legal Answers
Q. My ex husband is asking for the address connected to my bank account in order to transfer funds for the spousal support.
A: If there is a Court order for support he needs to pay through the Court or through the Nebraska Support Payment Center. He does not need your address. Best wishes!
Q. Do I still need to Emancipate my daughter and go through a court proceeding to do so?
A: Check your child support order. Most include the language that child support continues until the minor child attains the age of majority, dies, marries, joins the military or is "otherwise no longer dependent upon the parents for support". You should be able to file a quick Complaint to Modify or Motion to Terminate Child Support to end support payments to the other parent if child is not being financially supported by either of you. Your best bet would be to do this through an attorney to ensure it happens quickly. Best wishes!
Q. Is a judge able to refuse to hear a contempt case I filed on my daughter's father for refusing 9 court ordered visits?
A: For contempt, the Judge must first determine the threshold question of whether the facts as stated in the Application or Motion for Contempt or Order to Show Cause would make a prima facie case for contempt. If so s/he will sign the Order. If not, s/he will decline to sign the Order. If the Order is signed though, a hearing is set and a warrant will issue if the person to whom the order is directed does not appear. It sounds like you may need to visit with an attorney - it may well be that the opposing party has violated, but you may need some help in how to present that to the Court to obtain the contempt action you are seeking. Best wishes as you navigate this.
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GordenLaw, LLC
610 J Street Suite 220
Lincoln, NE 68508
Telephone: (402) 817-1450
Fax: (402) 817-1736