From the desk of Leslie Christensen
I am a trial lawyer dedicated to family and juvenile law litigation cases; committed to representing and pursuing my clients' best interests. In many cases, I'm able to achieve complete settlement of all issues on behalf of my clients through negotiation, mediation, or a combination of both. I look forward to working with you on your behalf.
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Announcement Open For Business!
It gives me great pleasure to announce that I have launched my new solo law firm. I look forward to working with all my current, former and future clients.
2013 Lunch & Learn
Join me for a "Lunch & Learn" at a location near you. I'll be conducting these interactive "Lunch & Learns" periodically throughout the year. I'll be discussing topics ranging from "juvenile law" and "step-parent adoption" to "grandparent's rights" and "divorce basics". Check back for upcoming dates/locations.
2013 Meet & Greet
I'll be hosting "Meet & Greet" events at various locations around Omaha & Council Bluffs. Come join me for a complimentary drink, Hors d'oeuvres and friendly conversation. Check back for upcoming dates/locations.
I Focus exclusively on family and Juvenile law matters.
When you need help with a family law issue like divorce, paternity, child custody or a support issue...I can help. Basically, if you have any type of family or juvenile law issue and need an attorney...I can help.
I have been an attorney since 1999. I have experience in all areas of family law, including focused experienced in contested custody cases as well as child removal cases. I also have extensive experience in juvenile law and grandparent rights cases. Prior to forming Family & Juvenile Law Omaha, Christensen & Madara-Campbell, I practiced at a juvenile law firm, serving as guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children. Prior to that, I worked as a solo practitioner focusing on family and juvenile law.
I presently serve the community as a mentor with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Midlands, and in the Kiwanis Club of Omaha.
Nebraska, 1999. Iowa, 2012.
J.D., Creighton University School of Law, 1999.
Offices & Affiliations
Member, Nebraska Bar Association Family Law Section. Member, Omaha Bar Association. Member, Kiwanis Club of Omaha. "Big Sister," Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Midlands.
Jane is the Office Manager/Administrator for Leslie Christensen Law. Jane moved to the United States in 2001 and owned/operated her own production company for several years. Jane has administrative experience both here and in Australia, and is a valuable asset to the law office.
- I practice in all areas of family and juvenile law.
I have dedicated my entire practice to helping people through difficult family legal situations of all kinds, and would be honored to help you. I keep my case load small so that I can treat you like you are my only client. What I do for you is simple. I offer you an experienced, principled legal representation.
Should you need an attorney for an issue outside of family and juvenile law, feel free to call me and I will do my best to refer you to an experienced, trusted colleague.
Areas of Practice
Areas of Practice
Divorce can be emotionally taxing, financially challenging and in many ways confusing. I provide honest advice and strong representation to men and women who are facing serious marital difficulties.
- Child Custody
Child custody cases establish the legal relationship between a parent and his or her child, including the right of the parent to make decisions for the child, care for the child, and safely maintain the child. If you are involved in a child custody or contact matter with the child's other parent, grandparent, stepparent, or any other person, I can help you learn where you stand legally and what your legal options are with respect to your child custody and visitation rights.
- Modification of existing decrees
Changing an existing decree is a common request and may be allowed with the authority of the court for a variety of reasons. For example, as children mature, a parent may seek an order from the court to change custody and visitation agreements. Likewise, repeated violations of custody and visitation agreements by either parent may result in a change to the existing order. Child support may need to be increased or lowered. I can help you to determine if your requested change is feasible, and advise of the steps necessary to reach your desired outcome.
- Custodial parent relocation
When a marriage that produced children ends in divorce, the court will determine custody and visitation arrangements for the parents. However, if the custodial parent plans to relocate to a different city, state or country, he or she must notify the noncustodial parent and initiate a legal process to modify the court-ordered custody and visitation arrangements. I have extensive experience in representing custodial parents who are seeking to relocate with their children, and also in challenging move-away requests on behalf of noncustodial parents.
- Grandparent rights
When it comes to making decisions for their children, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that parents have the final word. But what happens when parents decide that their children should not see or spend time with their grandparents? Although grandparents have rights, they are limited and not automatic. Grandparents must ask the court to allow contact with the children. The law surrounding grandparents’ rights is complicated and the facts of each case are unique. Please contact me if you need help in this area.
Guardianship of an individual refers to a legal relationship created when an individual or institution is appointed by a court to take care of a minor child or an incompetent adult. These matters call for mature, knowledgeable legal counsel. Contact my office for assistance with these matters.
- Step parent Adoption
I truly enjoy helping families with adoptions. Step parent adoption is one of the most common forms of adoption however, the laws vary from state to state. This adoption occurs when a stepparent agrees to be fully responsible for his or her spouse's child. Following the stepparent adoption, the noncustodial parent no longer has any rights or responsibilities for the child, including child support.
- Juvenile delinquency
Unlike adult criminal cases in which the goal is typically restitution or punishment, juvenile delinquency matters are geared towards rehabilitation. The juvenile court may intervene with children who have committed crimes or are exhibiting other inappropriate behavior, to guide these young people into being productive members of society. If you or a loved one requires assistance with juvenile charges, please contact my office so that we have the best chance of resolving the case successfully.
When a family is involved in the juvenile court concerning an abuse or neglect case, the purpose of the court is to ensure the safety and well-being of minor child(ren). The goal is to help families to have a safe environment for their child(ren) and to eliminate the issues that brought the family before the juvenile court. Experienced representation in juvenile court matters is essential to obtain the best outcome.
- GLBTQ Family Law
I am dedicated to providing quality legal services to the GLBTQ community. I have a decade long history of finding creative solutions for legal issues unique to GLBTQ families. I intend to be at the forefront of driving the evolution of Nebraska law in this area. Regardless of whether your legal matter is routine or requires breaking new ground, I am here to help. GLBTQ legal services include wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, divorce/partnership dissolutions, partnership agreements, co-parenting agreements, and name changes. Whether you are seeking to make future plans, or dealing with a current problem, I look forward to meeting with you to find solutions. I am committed to driving change in Nebraska statutory and case law to support the full and equal rights of GLBTQ couples to marry, divorce, and raise their families as any other couple. Until that goal is reached, I will continue to seek and test creative solutions to legal problems created by the current inequality of the law.
- Estate Planning
Every person needs to have an estate plan in place to assure that their assets will be distributed, and their children protected according to their wishes upon their death. Furthermore, estate plans should be updated regularly, especially upon the occurrence of major life events such as marriage, birth, adoption, divorce, or if a named beneficiary dies. Whether you need a new estate plan or an update to an existing estate plan, I can help you.
- Power of Attorney/Delegation of Authority
There are times that you need to delegate duties and responsiblities to another. For example, you may be travelling and need to leave your children in the care of another. I would be happy to discuss your specific situation.
- Advanced Directives
An "advance health care directive" lets your physician, family and friends know your health care preferences, including the types of special treatment you want or don't want at the end of life, your desire for diagnostic testing, surgical procedures, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and organ donation. By considering your options early, you can ensure the quality of life that is important to you and avoid having your family "guess" your wishes or having to make critical medical care decisions for you under stress or in emotional turmoil. If you are unsure of your options or have questions on this, please contact my office.
Often in divorces, a spouse is ordered to pay alimony (also called spousal support or maintenance) to the other spouse. The idea seems simple - one former spouse helps to financially support the other - but it's rarely that easy. In all cases, there are many factors the courts look at when deciding if alimony should be awarded, the amount and for how long. Alimony is often one of the most fought-over items in any divorce. It can make the stress level soar and make the divorce process much longer. Whether you're asking for alimony or challenging your spouse's request for alimony, it's a good idea to talk to an attorney to help ease the stress and to make sure your interests are protected. Please contact my office if you need help in this area.
These articles are not a substitute for legal analysis and/or advice from a licensed attorney, which you should seek immediately.
- The Nebraska Parenting Act
The Nebraska Parenting Act requires any parent involved in a court case involving their children, like separation, divorce, modification of an existing Decree, or any other action involving parenting functions, to do the following: -Create a parenting plan for court approval; -Attend a parenting education class; -Participate in mediation if they or the attorneys involved are unable to negotiate a court approved parenting plan..
- Nebraska Divorce Basics
The first step is to meet with an attorney for an initial consultation. Most attorneys charge for this service. Don't underestimate the importance of hiring somebody you are comfortable with. Legal representation is a personal service. It is important that you are confident in the attorney advocating for you. Bring all of the documents you believe will be important in determining the issues of your divorce. These may include a current mortgage statement, credit card bills, current auto loan statements, and other documents. If you have already been served with a Complaint for Dissolution of Marriage, bring that as well.
After you retain an attorney, he or she will file a Complaint for Dissolution of Marriage on your behalf. If you have already been served with a complaint filed by your spouse's attorney, your attorney will file with the court a written Answer to the Complaint. If you have been served, it is important that you retain legal counsel as soon as possible. You have thirty days from the date you are served to file an Answer to the Complaint.
Your attorney and/or opposing counsel may file a Motion for Temporary Relief. If either side does so, you will have a hearing. These temporary hearings are usually done by affidavits in the Judge's chambers. Only the attorneys and the Judge are present.
Some typical requests for temporary relief include a determination by the Judge as to who will reside in the marital home until the final Decree is entered, a determination of temporary spousal or child support, temporary child custody and parenting time, and temporary restraining orders. The hearing for temporary relief will result in a Temporary Order by the Judge regarding the issues raised at the hearing.
The trial preparation phase is also called the "discovery" phase of litigation. Your attorney may serve the other side with Interrogatories and/or Requests for Production of Documents. These are tools for obtaining sworn statements and documentary evidence for use at trial, or to aid your attorney in reaching a fair settlement on your behalf.
Your attorney may also issue subpoenas for third parties to obtain documents or testimony.
Depositions are also commonly used. During a deposition, your attorney will ask questions of witnesses for the opposing side. The witness oral statements are taken under oath by a court reporter. Opposing counsel will be present. Clients usually attend depositions.
- Nebraska Removal Law
If there is a custody order in effect, or if you are currently married and have not addressed custody of the children of your marriage, you will need to seek permission of the court to move with your child out of the State of Nebraska. This is called a "removal case."
However, if your child was born out of wedlock, and there is no court order addressing custody, you do not need the court's permission.
A removal case is started like any other domestic relations case, with a Complaint filed with the District Court in the appropriate county. The Complaint in a removal case sets forth the request of the party to move with the child from the state and the basis of their request.
In a nutshell, the judge will decide whether to allow removal based on a two part test:
1. Is there a legitimate reason for the removal?
2. Is the removal in the child's best interest?
The test may sound simple, but there are multiple factors the court considers within these two main areas of concern.
Some things that the courts have held constitute a legitimate reason for leaving the state include actual employment opportunities when there is a reasonable expectation of improvement in the career or occupation of the custodial parent or increased potential for salary advancement. Remarriage is also commonly found to be a legitimate reason for leaving the state in removal cases. However, a custodial parent’s desire to continue living with a boyfriend or girlfriend is not a legitimate reason for leaving the state with a child.
When deciding the second prong of whether the move is in the child's best interests the court will weigh three broad considerations: (1) each parent’s motives for seeking or opposing the move; (2) the potential that the move holds for enhancing the quality of life for the children and the custodial parent; and (3) the impact such a move will have on contact between the children and the noncustodial parent, when viewed in light of reasonable visitation.
Be aware also that the Nebraska Supreme Court has made it clear that trial courts are discouraged from granting temporary permission to remove children to another jurisdiction prior to a ruling on permanent removal.
I am experienced in removal cases. If you are facing this issue, it is important you meet with me or another lawyer with experience in this focused area of family law.
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