How Is Our Property Divided?

Divorces in Nebraska follow the "Common Law." All property bought or received after you were married is divided equally (i.e. 50/50) between divorcing spouses. Everything you and your spouse bought together such as homes, cars, furniture and stocks is included – even gifts that were given to both of you. Since many items (like cars) cannot be divided in half, usually an item of equal value is given to other spouse in its place.

Any gifts, inheritance or property owned before the marriage is not included in this 50/50 split.

Both child support and alimony can be modified after the divorce is finalized. However, property divisions cannot be changed.

No matter which spouse is ordered to pay a debt or a bill both spouses remain obligated to the creditor to pay any mutual debt. Creditors can come after both spouses when a bill goes unpaid.