June 2020 | 28 Neb. App. 478 (Neb. Ct. App. 2020)

Lasu v. Lasu (Nebraska 2020)

A documented travel expense may qualify as a deviation from presumptive child support if it is in the child’s best interests. In this divorce case, the court awarded the mother primary physical custody of the child. The mother lived Nebraska, and the father in California. The district court calculated support and deviated from presumptive support for travel expenses. The father appealed the custody determination and argued the travel deviation should have been bigger. The appellate court affirmed the custody determination, which meant the child support calculation was also correct. The appellate court also affirmed the deviation amount. The appellate court noted that the trial court should consider the impact of travel on both parents. In this case, the father’s income was larger than the mother’s and to allow a bigger deviation for travel wouldn’t be appropriate.

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