Nebraska, like many states, remains behind the curve in regards to its child custody laws.
Noncustodial parents in the state, which tend to be fathers, are given an average of just five days per month with their children, according to a decade-long analysis by the State Court Administrator’s office that reviewed divorce and child custody cases between 2002 and 2012. Additionally, the report shows disparities in how custody was divided in different parts of the state.
Several times in recent years, Nebraska lawmakers have introduced bills that would create more balanced custody laws. Unfortunately, none of those bills have even made it out of committee.
Senator Russ Karpisek of Wilber, Neb., has long been an advocate for revamping the state’s custody statutes. Although Sen. Karpisek will not be serving in the Legislature this year, he remains optimistic that some of the current bills being introduced will make more progress than in years past.
Sen. Karpisek recently joined DadsDivorce Live to discuss the flaws with Nebraska’s current laws, the reasons for the lack of progress and the chances of passing more balanced laws in the future.