Vanessa Jean Gorden

Vanessa Jean Gorden

GordenLaw, LLC
  • Family Law, Divorce, Juvenile Law
  • Nebraska, South Dakota
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Summary

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.

Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Juvenile Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Nebraska
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South Dakota
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Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
Attorney/Owner
GordenLaw, LLC
- Current
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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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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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
Life Coach Certification
New Skills Academy
Family Law Trial Advocacy graduate
National Institute of Trial Advocacy/American Bar Association
Websites & Blogs
Website
GordenLaw, LLC
Legal Answers
38 Questions Answered

Q. Is it legal for dhhs to place a child in foster care before the Ex parte petition with the court Has even been filed.
A: Yes. Ex parte motion must meet the emergency level but it only has to be signed by the Court- not necessarily on file or public record. They only have 5 days to file a Petition following that Order and a temporary custody hearing must be held in a timely manner. If children have been removed, most juvenile courts will appoint a court-appointed attorney right away for parents so they have someone to guide them through the process. You can call the clerk of courts to find out who that would be. Best wishes in this difficult situation!
Q. Concluding CPS Case With Childs Father (Multi-State DV Felon w/ a 3yr No Contact Order)
A: Nebraska DHHS has a general policy that they will follow recommendations of a children's therapist with regard to visitation, but generally to suspend visitation requires a court order. You mentioned having an open case - this means you likely have a court-appointed attorney. You should talk with your attorney and have him or her talk to your daughter's Guardian ad Litem and DHHS attorney as well as county attorney about their positions on visits and to make sure they know the information you shared here. Best wishes to you as you work through this!
Q. My wife is keep my daughter from me claiming suicidal texts and claiming drug use. The texts were a week ago
A: The answer to how to address this depends on whether you have a legal custody order (temporary or permanent) that provides you with parenting time. If so, then the mom is in contempt if she unilaterally decides not to send your daughter. If you are separated but no order is entered, you will want to pursue getting one so that you have enforceable time. Your best bet is to consult confidentially with an attorney about your options. Best wishes to you!
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GordenLaw, LLC
610 J Street Suite 220
Lincoln, NE 68508
Telephone: (402) 817-1450
Fax: (402) 817-1736