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FIRST PARAGRAPH(S)|The dramatic increase in the number of divorces granted each year both in the United States and specifically in Nebraska of necessity multiplies the number of painful human scenarios revolving around the issue of which parent shall be awarded custody of the children. Those who have struggled through either formal or informal reconciliation efforts ought, at the least, to understand that divorce and the splitting up of families carry with them neither certain financial nor emotional security. The breaking up of a marriage where no children are involved is traumatic enough; but when the dissolution involves a couple who has brought children into the world, all the parties will continue to be confronted by challenges to their emotional stability, no matter which parent, if either, is given physical custody of the youngsters. The uncertainty, the financial drain, the interference with chosen life styles and, most of all, the impact upon the lives of the children, will be present for the rest of their natural lives. |Many lawyers who handle domestic relations cases are unprepared to cope effectively with the attendant psychological warfare in a dissolution matter. An attorney's typical response to a client with a domestic relations problem may be, "I am just a plumber. I will walk you through the divorce and try my best to get custody and property for you. But I am not a psychiatrist and I can't hold your hand for the rest of your life."...
13 Creighton L. Rev. 705 (1979-1980)
Creighton University School of Law