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What We Do
- Divorce & Legal Separation
Divison of Assets
- Closely Held Businesses
- Agricultural Operations
- Executive Compensation
- Retirement Benefits
- Military Benefits
- Complex Estate Plans
- Multi-Generational Trusts and Estates
- Alimony & Maintenance
- Parenting Plans
- Multi-Jurisdictional Disputes
Adoptions & Guardianships
- Step-Parent Adoptions
- Children of Non-Married Parents
- Children Conceived Pre-
- Prenuptial/Pre-Marital Agreements
- Cohabitation Agreements
- Property Contracts (Non-Married Parties)
- Departing Partners
- Real Estate Partitions
- Shareholder Oppression
- Judicially Supervised Dissolution
Adam’s goal for every case – no matter how complex – is to make the divorce process direct, efficient and easy to understand.
For the past 15 years, he has represented parents, business owners and high-net-worth individuals in hundreds of divorce cases. He has navigated the most complex legal issues in divorce, including changes to final property judgments, allegations of fraud, and contentious multi-year custody litigation. He was the first lawyer to enter a limited-appearance in a divorce in the state of Nebraska.
Adam's clients benefit from his passion for technology and innovation. He applies tools that save time, money and aggravation. He created the Nebraska Child Support Calculator, a piece of software used by more than 1,000 Nebraska lawyers and judges. In the courtroom, he manages thousands of pages of exhibits from his MacBook, while many opponents lug boxes of documents.
Adam frequently speaks on legal technology and family law. He provides annual training for the Nebraska State Bar Association on new case law and trends, and he has testified on family law issues before the Nebraska Legislature.
He earned an “AV” rating in Martindale-Hubbell peer rankings and is among the Top Rated Family Law “Super Lawyers” in Nebraska.
- J.D., Creighton University School of Law, magna cum laude, 2004
- B.A., Creighton University, 2001
- American Bar Association
- Nebraska Bar Association
- Fellow, 2014-present
- Chair - Family Law Section, 2012-2014
- Leadership Academy 2011
- Omaha Bar Association
- Sarpy County Bar Association
- Omaha Barrister’s Club
Kate represents clients in divorces that are complex legally, financially and emotionally. She constructs thoughtful parenting plans that are respectful and fair, and are uniquely tailored to the specific needs of each family. She routinely helps business owners and high-net-worth individuals protect their assets and avoid unintended financial consequences in the future.
Kate has handled hundreds of divorces, and she takes pride in applying a custom approach to every case, taking into consideration each client’s individual goals and needs.
Through years of mediation training and dispute resolution Kate has developed a deep knowledge of conflict – how to avoid it, and, when necessary, how to confront it. In her practice she strives to address the emotional stresses of divorce along with the legal proceedings. She works to understand her clients’ goals and expectations to develop solutions that are productive, healthy and just.
Kate serves as the current chair of the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Family Law Section. She plans Continuing Legal Education events for lawyers throughout the state. This provides her an ongoing look at the latest frontiers in family law, both in Nebraska and across the nation.
- J.D., Pepperdine School of Law, 2007
- Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, 2007
- B.A., University of Kansas, 2004
- American Bar Association
- Nebraska Bar Association
- Chair - Family Law Section, current
- Leadership Academy, 2015
- Omaha Bar Association
- Robert M. Spire America Inn of Court
- Certified by the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution in Basic Mediation
- Nebraska Guardian Ad Litem
- Graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy
How We Work
What We Pledge to You:
We will work with you.
We will customize our work on your case.
We will act diplomatically until we can’t.
We will work with integrity.
We will put your best interest first.
What We Ask of You:
Follow the rules.
Invest in this process.
Be organized and ready to assist.
Follow our advice.
How To Get Started
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I file my divorce in Nebraska?
To file a divorce in Nebraska, you must be a resident of the State of Nebraska for one (1) year prior to filing your divorce. If you have not been a residence for one (1) year, you can file for a Legal Separation and convert it to a divorce action once the 1-year requirement has been fulfilled. In either case, your children must have lived here for six (6) months for a Nebraska judge to make an order determining their custody.
What are the first steps in the legal process?
The first step is to find a lawyer you trust. Divorce is stressful, and you need to find a professional who can answer your questions and walk you through the process. The divorce proceedings start when one spouse files a Complaint for Dissolution and the other spouse is served with that Complaint by the Sheriff’s Department.
Is there a waiting period once the Decree is filed?
In Nebraska, your divorce Decree is final 30 days after it is filed with the Court.. Neither spouse can re-marry for 6 months, and you may be required to provide health insurance to your former spouse for 6 months.
How long will it take me to get divorced?
We can’t predict how long your case will take. The average contested case (i.e. no agreements for custody or division of assets) takes 18-24 months. Some cases take longer. If your case is less complex, or if you and your spouse can agree on custody and/or the division of your marital estate, 12 months is a reasonable estimate.
Can I get divorced without going to court?
Yes. If you and your spouse reach an agreement on all issues, the Court can enter your Decree of Dissolution without either of you appearing in Court. We try to resolve all of our cases this way when possible.
How do I know if I have to pay maintenance or alimony?
Alimony is addressed by the Court on a case-by-case basis. There are no state-wide guidelines to determine whether or not alimony will be paid, or what the duration may be. We will discuss how alimony laws may apply to the particulars of your case during your initial consultation.
How much will this cost?
That depends on a lot of things. We can control how we approach your case, but we cannot always control the behavior of your spouse or their counsel. You can keep your fees as low as possible by being organized, responsive, and reasonable. We can help by using technology and our efficient practices to maximize the value we deliver for the work we perform. Clients who are organized, engaged and thorough in their preparation of financial documents generally find that their legal fees are significantly lower than their counterparts who rely on their attorneys to chase down and organize their records.
What documents do I need to compile?
Before your initial consultation, review the Divorce Document Checklist and gather as many documents as you can. Gathering documents can be an enormous undertaking, but it is far easier to do before you file than after you file. Starting this process early will prevent undue stress and expense down the road.
What’s the best way to organize my documents?
If you are able, the best way to organize your documents is in PDF form. Each file should be clearly labeled so the document is readily identifiable without opening the document itself. If you are not able to format your documents into a PDF, printed copies are fine as well. They should be legible and easy to read, organized by document type and by date. Remove all staples or binding clips so they can be scanned, and do not put notes or stickies on the documents.