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Nebraska Child Custody Laws

When parents of a child can no longer be together, one of the things that must be determined is custody. Child custody laws originate at the state level, although they all (except Massachusetts) conform to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). The UCCJEA helps states honor the child custody orders of other states. While virtually every state allows parents to share time, most states also extend visitation rights to grandparents. Custody orders should reflect the best interests of the child, putting aside the parents' own wishes.

This article provides a brief overview of child custody laws in the state of Nebraska.

Nebraska Child Custody Laws: At a Glance

You can find additional details about Nebraska child custody laws in the chart below. See FindLaw's extensive Child Custody section for more articles and resources.

Code Section

§ 42-364 et seq. of the Nebraska Revised Statutes

Year Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act Adopted


Joint Custody an Option?


Grandparent Visitation Rights Recognized?

Yes, § 43-1802

Child's Own Wishes Considered?


Note: State laws are always subject to change at any time, usually through the enactment of a newly signed statute or voter-approved ballot initiative but occasionally through other means. While we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of these pages, you may also want to contact a Nebraska child custody attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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If you and your child's other parent are separating, you might not agree on what you believe the custody arrangement should look like. There are many factors to consider in these determinations, but the court's primary concern will be the child's own best interest. One of the best ways to get a handle on the process is to seek guidance from an experienced family law attorney.

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