Divorce & Family Law

Why

TOP PROBLEM

“My marriage is over, can you help me with my divorce?”

The skilled divorce attorneys at the Goosmann Law Firm recognize the difficulties you are facing as you deal with this incredibly challenging situation. We understand that you are likely frustrated, angry, fed up, emotionally drained, and exhausted. Not only are you affected by the constant disagreements and arguments, but so are your children and closest loved ones. We also understand that you may not fully comprehend your options during this challenging time and that you have fears about what the divorce will mean for your relationship with your children, the splitting of your assets, or the various debts and expenses you will incur. Whatever your situation may be, our divorce attorneys understand the anxiety and uncertainty that can accompany the decision to move forward with your divorce. Our Sioux City lawyers, Sioux Falls attorneys, and Omaha lawyers are here to guide you through each step of the process, helping you recognize the legal, financial, and emotional implications of your divorce. Whichever route you decide to take, we are here to provide you the advice and counsel necessary to set you and your family up for success moving forward! Your life, family, and loved ones are worth it!

Sheryl

I was very pleased with the service and advice you gave us. During red-hot chaos, you were the voice of reason. Although we wanted more–as I imagine each parent does–you correctly advised us of what was do-able for getting a parent to enter into an agreement. The week-to-week arrangement has worked reasonably well and when things start getting crazy, we have a document with teeth in it to get things back on a workable track. One thing I’ve thought about several times since then is that I had never had reason to have an attorney, but now that I have one I can rely on, it feels good and comfortable!

Dan

Chris Barondeau and his team have done a great job of representing me in family law/post divorce legal matters. Chris is knowledgeable, experienced, and strategic. It is obvious that Chris is a skilled professional at planned tactical negotiations and dispute resolution. Chris addressed all concerns and questions without delay and responded with straight-on-point legal guidance that has benefited my life. Strongly recommended.

Disclaimer: The following testimonials do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.

How

SOLUTION

“Working with you to develop winning strategies to maximize your results!”

At Goosmann Law Firm, we know our clients are looking for a tireless advocate during some of their family’s most trying times. When you’re experiencing a family law issue such as a divorce, custody dispute or custody modification, alimony, or visitation modification, you’re ready for someone to do the heavy lifting and guide you through the trenches. Our divorce and family law team fills this role, providing the sound advice necessary to set you up for success.

If you have a child, they are your #1 priority. As parents ourselves, we definitely understand that position. Knowing how important your priorities are to you, we provide the highest level of attention and detail to your case and work with you to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your children. We provide compassionate representation, that listens to and understands your goals, to help you protect what you value most.

We understand that your family is the most personal thing in your life, and family is our business. We ensure that we are listening to, and hearing your goals and needs. Nothing is more personal than what you will share with your divorce lawyer in this difficult time, and rest assured what you share with us will remain in the strictest of confidence. All information you provide us is strictly confidential, and you can trust us to maintain that confidentiality.

As a business focused law firm, we understand business. This gives us a unique advantage in helping you protect your financial future. If you’re concerned about asset preservation during your divorce or family law matter, we are here to protect you, your family, and what you’ve worked so hard to build.

When you hire Goosmann Law Firm for your divorce and family law needs, you have the added benefit of an entire team behind you. Because you hired a full-service law firm, our team will work together to create the best strategy and outcome for your case. Our team includes moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, litigators, business lawyers, divorce attorneys, banking lawyers, HR professionals, cyber lawyers, bilingual attorneys, and more. We have the skills and expertise necessary to help you accomplish your goals. We are real people who get life, business, and the law.

Call us today to schedule a consultation with one of our divorce attorneys or family lawyers!

“What should I expect to happen during my initial consultation?”

During your initial consultation, a Sioux City divorce attorney, Sioux Falls divorce lawyer, or Omaha divorce attorney will take the following steps to help protect your legal rights, gather the information necessary to help build your case strategy, and advise you on the various options in front of you. We guide you through each step while listening to your needs and goals:

Step 1 – Listen to the facts of your case and identify your goals.

Step 2 – Inform you of your rights.

Step 3 – Identify additional documents information or research that may be needed.

Step 4 – Discuss time frames and potential outcomes of your case.

Step 5 – Provide advice regarding important steps to take.

Step 6 – Answer your questions about your case.

Step 7 – Provide information regarding fees and costs.

What we do.

PROBLEMS AND HOW WE SOLVE THEM

“My marriage is over. How do I get a divorce?”

The reference “ball and chain” is beginning to feel literal. You’re fed up, frustrated, angry, and tired. We get that, and we’re here to help. Whether you’re absolutely certain the marriage is over or are still wrestling with some difficult questions about getting a divorce, we can provide you the guidance you need to help make the best decision for you and your family. Divorce affects your spouse, children, family, and friends. It’s a big decision, and one we don’t take lightly. We understand that you’re going to have a lot of questions. If you are considering getting a divorce, call our divorce lawyers today.

Read our blogs:

Unsure About Where to File for Divorce? You Aren't Alone.

Mandatory Counseling During Divorce

5 Words to Ban From Your Divorce Vocabulary

It’s Not Personal, it's Business: 5 Divorce Tips from an Entrepreneur

How to Take Control of Your Divorce

How Divorce Could Save Your Relationship

6 Ways to Improve Your Divorce Outcome

What to Look For in a Divorce Attorney

 

“The current child custody/visitation arrangement isn’t working. How do I get this changed?”

If it has become clear to you that the current child custody and/or visitation arrangement is no longer in the children’s best interest, you will need to return to Court to address this issue. The family law attorneys at Goosmann Law Firm can help you evaluate and analyze the facts of your situation, and work with you to assess your options going forward. If your custody situation is not meeting your children’s best interests call us today to help you with your child custody and visitation matter.

Read our blog:

Modifying Your Custody Arrangement

“If I go through a divorce, will my ex get half of my assets?”

You’ve worked hard for what you have, and we understand that. We not only protect you and your family, but we also help protect your assets and what matters the most to you. Each case is unique and no two cases are exactly alike. The divorce lawyers at Goosmann Law Firm understand the property distribution laws of Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota (equitable distribution) and can advise you on the potential outcomes related thereto. If you’re worried about your assets during a divorce, call us today to help protect what you’ve worked so hard for.

“My spouse is also my business partner. I am thinking about getting a divorce. What will happen to the business?”

Owning and operating a business with your spouse adds another layer of complexity to an already challenging situation. If you own a business with your spouse and things have gotten rocky, it’s hard to continue running a business. Whether you want to sell or buy them out, we can help you with your business divorce. Read more about our business law practice HERE.

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“What does a judge consider in a custody decision?”

The Court will make a custody decision based on what is in the “best interest of the children.” The Court looks at the following factors: Age of the children, continuity and stability, the historical caretaking responsibilities for the children, parent’s living situation, parent’s willingness to support the other parent’s relationship with the children, and the parent’s relationship with the children. At the end of the day, the overriding consideration will always be the “best interest of the children” and the above-listed factors will help the Court make that determination.

“How long does a divorce take?”

Here is a typical divorce timeline. The timeline and how long a divorce takes depends on numerous factors to include the complexity of your case, the ability of you and your spouse to communicate and compromise, whether child custody and visitation issues are present, and of course the Court’s calendar. In Iowa, the parties must typically wait 90 days from the date the Defendant is provided notice of the filed divorce action before a final divorce decree can be entered. In Nebraska and South Dakota, the waiting period is typically 60 days. However, these waiting periods represent the earliest that a divorce can typically be finalized in these states. Often times the issues in a particular case will require significantly more time and attention (it isn’t uncommon for a contested divorce to take anywhere from six months to a year, or longer, to be finalized).

  1. Filing of a “Petition” or a “Complaint” and paying a filing fee to the court.
  2. Your Spouse is served with “Notice” of the divorce. However, your spouse can agree to voluntarily accept service.
  3. File an “Answer” then the case will proceed with parties disclosing information related to their income, assets, and debts.
  4. A hearing may be held to address temporary child custody and visitation, child support, and spousal support.
  5. The parties may work to reach an agreement on all (or some) disputed matters, which would culminate in the production of a stipulated settlement agreement. If the parties are able to reach a stipulated settlement, this agreement will be filed with the Court and the Court will issue an order dissolving the parties’ marriage.
  6. If the parties are unable to reach a stipulated settlement agreement on all disputed matters, the case will proceed to trial. Following trial, the judge will issue a divorce decree to dissolve the parties marriage.

“My ex is saying horrible things about me to our kids. How do I get him to stop?”

This is an incredibly unfortunate situation. Ideally, your ex would be responsible and mature enough to understand that acting in this manner is highly counter-productive and will only serve to negatively impact the children. However, if they are unwilling to stop engaging in this destructive behavior, you could potentially return to Court on a modification action concerning custody and/or visitation or even a contempt application. If this is a situation that you continue to encounter, please contact the experienced family law attorneys at Goosmann Law Firm today.

What we offer

SERVICES

“I want to adopt a child. Where do I start?”

One of the most joyful and happiest of our legal practices, Goosmann attorneys help unite families through legal adoption. Our family law attorneys work with individuals and families who seek to establish legal rights as parents to adopted children, stepparent adoptions, adult adoptions, and those who are terminating their legal rights. If you’re considering adoption, call our adoption attorneys today to help make your family’s dream a reality while changing a child’s life forever.

“How can I end alimony?”

Spousal support, commonly called “alimony” is a stipend paid to a spouse in lieu of the other spouse’s legal obligation to provide support. Each state is different, but in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota there is no specific formula to calculate the amount of spousal support appropriate in a particular case. The court will look at several factors to determine whether spousal support is appropriate, and if so, how much and for what duration. If you have questions about alimony or are looking to reevaluate your alimony ruling, contact our Sioux City divorce lawyer, Omaha divorce attorney, or Sioux Falls divorce lawyer today.

Read our blogs:

Can I End Permanent Alimony (Spousal Support)

Alimony in a Nutshell

Is My Spouse Entitled to Alimony or Spousal Support?

 

“My husband and I are experiencing infertility and looking into having a Gestational Carrier. What legal documents are needed for the gestational surrogacy process?”

At Goosmann Law we are lawyers, but we are also parents ourselves, and we’ve also experienced the gestational surrogacy process from our own first-hand experience. Paralegal Monica Colella was a gestational carrier and shares her personal story that changed her life as well as the family she helped by giving them one of the most wonderful gifts. Read her story here.

Goosmann Law Firm is excited to be practicing in this innovative area of law, assisted reproductive technology or gestational surrogacy law. Families who experience infertility often go through a roller-coaster ride of emotions, doctor visits, and medications. There are many couples who have trouble conceiving a pregnancy or are able to conceive, but experience fertility problems that prevent them from carrying a child of their own. In such cases, you may choose to use the services of a Gestational Carrier. A Gestational Carrier is a woman who becomes pregnant with the embryos of someone else and has no genetic link to the child she is carrying.

Our team of family law attorneys advises clients in this cutting-edge area of family law. We understand the ever-changing reproductive practices including those of gestational carriers. We advise on changing family needs and help navigate the laws and risks.

Contact our gestational surrogacy legal team today to help make your wish a reality.

“I want to divorce my business partner.”

Whether you’re married to your business partner or not, a separation between partnerships can be both complicated and difficult. Our team of business attorneys helps make the process as seamless as possible. If you’re getting a divorce and you’re married to your business partner, our business attorneys team up with our divorce lawyers to sell your portion of the business, buy-out your partner, or dissolve the business. You will experience the benefits of hiring a full-service law firm while having an entire legal team behind you.

Call us today to help with your business divorce.

“I want more time with my children. How do I modify my custody and/or visitation arrangement?”

This will ultimately require that you return to Court to pursue the modification you are seeking. The lawyers at Goosmann Law Firm can help you evaluate the various factors at play and give you an assessment as to the potential outcomes as to a subsequent action to modify custody and/or visitation. Goosmann Law Firm will help put your mind at ease working tirelessly to secure your rights to custody or visitation of your children or stepchildren. We will work with you to develop pro-active parenting plans and listen to your family’s needs and wishes.

If you are looking to change your custody and visitation, contact our family law team to help give you more time with your children.

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Modifying Your Custody Arrangement

Establishing Paternity, Custody and Visitation

 

“My ex isn’t paying child support. What can I do?”

If you’re experiencing problems with your ex paying child support, our team of divorce attorneys can help resolve your child support issues.

Contact our team today and read our blogs about child support:

How to Get Credit for Child Support Payments

Back Child Support and Defenses

Child Support Determination When One Parent Isn’t Working

 

“Will my spouse get 50% of all of the assets?”

Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota are “equitable distribution” jurisdictions. This means the marital property will be divided fairly between both parties. What does this really mean? It depends. In practice, it isn’t uncommon to see a distribution of marital assets and debts that is roughly equal (i.e. 50/50). However, the facts and circumstances of each case are unique, and in your situation a 50/50 split of assets may not be equitable. The divorce attorneys at Goosmann Law Firm will help you evaluate and assess the facts surrounding your particular situation, and will work with you to develop the appropriate plan to help protect your interests when it comes time to distribute the parties’ property.

“I want to get a divorce but don’t know where to start.”

Divorce can be a draining, emotional, and unpleasant experience for many, and we get that. Divorce is a separation, an ending, and a beginning. Let our team help you through the divorce process from beginning to end. We will listen, protect you and your family, and help put you at ease during this difficult time. Our Sioux Falls divorce lawyer, Sioux City divorce attorney, and Omaha divorce lawyer teams are your solid advocates.

If you want to get a divorce, but don’t know where to start, call us today. Secure as much information as you can concerning you and your spouse’s income, assets, debts and expenses, as well as your children and assess what type of custody/visitation arrangement will be best. Download our eBook on “Pre-Divorce Planning.”

Goosmann Law Firm works with individuals at all stages of a divorce, from the decision to file through trial and post-judgment requests for modification or enforcement of existing divorce orders. Our divorce attorneys handle matters related to child custody and visitation, child support, alimony and spousal support, and the division of marital assets and debts.

Find peace in a new beginning. Call our divorce attorneys today.

Read our blog “Divorce Docket.” 

Download our eBooks –

Pre-Divorce Planning: The 10 Things Clients Wish They Would Have Known

5 Things to Know During Pre-Divorce Planning

“How do I make changes to my child custody orders?”

Goosmann Law Firm represents people who need to make changes to their child support, child custody or visitation orders due to a change in circumstances. Because family law is a field that involves many facets, Goosmann Law Firm welcomes the opportunity to work with other non-legal professionals, including mediators, psychologists, CPAs, social workers, debt counselors, consultants, and paralegals. Call us today to help you with your modification.

Read our blogs:

Modification of Spousal Support

Modification of Family Law Orders

Modifying Your Custody Arrangement

Jurisdiction to Modify an Out-of-State Court Order

Goosmann Law Firm represents parties to paternity actions, whether for the family law purposes of child custody, child support, or visitation.

“I’m getting married soon. Should I get a pre-nup?”

If you are planning on getting married and are either bringing significant assets into the marriage or have children from a previous marriage, you may want a prenuptial agreement to govern the disposition of property, should you divorce. Goosmann Law also advises on estate plans to manage the spouse’s elective share rights. Our attorneys can negotiate, review and draft the documents. For more information on our estate planning practice, visit our Goosmann Trust Law Counsel website HERE.

Contact us today to draft your pre-nup to meet your wishes and protect your assets.

Read our blog:

Better Late Than Never? Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements in Nebraska

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