Filings in the Indiana Court of Appeals involve a well-defined and specific structure, and are governed by strict rules1. From the first filing to the last, and all filings in between, there are specific people who must be served and a specific number of documents that must be filed. A panel of Justices for the Court of Appeals consists of three (3) justices. As such, copies of motions, briefs, etc. must be filed with a specific number of copies. It is important to include the proper number of ...
State Protective Orders and Federal Brady Disqualification: Keeping Guns Out of the Domestic Violence Dynamic
May 29, 2012 / Firearms Law
Domestic partners, married couples, or really any family members can potentially be the victims of domestic violence. Sometimes this is a pattern, but sometimes it is a one-time event in the emotionally charged event leading unraveling of the relationship. In some cases, tensions are high, remain high, and domestic violence can be a very real, on-going concern for a party, friends, family, and lawyers. However, there are a number of protections and safeguards in place to prevent a potentially tragic ...
February 3, 2012 / Child Custody
Few topics pull at the heart strings of adult children, grandparents, friends, relatives and other third parties more than providing for and protecting a child they have bonded with. Courts, lawyers, psychologistsi and guardiansii (daily) struggle with how to best resolve disputes between them over physical custody in paternityiii and divorceiv cases, follow constitutional imperatives and meet the best interests standard. The ...
What’s An Oral Argument Held in Conjunction with an Appeal? Do I Want One? Can I Get One? Relative to almost two million criminal and civil cases handled in Indiana trial courts currently, appeals are very rare in statistical terms. According to the 2010 Annual Report of the Court of Appeals of Indiana, there were only 4,392 appeals filed and 315 oral arguments held on cases pending. At Ciyou & Dixon, P.C., we represent appellants (who ...
At Ciyou & Dixon, P.C., we frequently observe two (2) major (assets) in a marriage that have been fertile battleground for litigants: the marital home and pension and retirement plan. In most places around the United States, these are not as valuable as they once were. About everyone knows individual homes to commercial real estate have lost value and are only now stabilizing in terms of price. For this reason, and because of low down payment requirements, a large number of homes are ...
Most attorneys, along with individuals who work within the legal system, take the legal “jargon” or terms given to the most common documents filed in courts in connection with divorces for granted. Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. advocates believe understanding these basics aid in understanding the more complicated legal concepts contained within those filings. In this blog post, we cover the five (5) most common terms that are used. We hope when you hear about these, you ...
In these times of global financial uncertainty, Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. advocates observe that it is tougher than ever for divorced parents to make ends-meet. To some extent, this has always been the case. It’s a matter of basic economics–it costs more to run two different households, particularly on a single income if the other ex-spouses have not remarried. This coupled, with recent revisions to the Child Support Guidelines, makes the idea of child support modification a more ready consideration, or down-right appealing, to many parents. ...
September 13, 2011 / Family Law
Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. attorneys frequently field questions from their divorce clients about depositions.A large number of these questions come from clients who are about to be deposed by their spouse or ex-spouse in connection with divorce or post-divorce litigation. We find there are seven basic considerations to prepare for a divorce deposition. As advocates, we hope these provide you with some useful information and insights ...
Civil Liability: The Seven Things You Need To Know That Attorney’s See And Wished They Could Tell You To Avoid Making Common Mistakes That Have Life-Long Consequences.
June 14, 2011 / Civil Law
A big part of what lawyers do is help client’s minimize or eliminate civil liability. Aside from formal legal training, lawyers see where even the most careful clients unnecessarily incur liability and often run afoul of, or become entangled in, the legal system. What can we learn from this and pass on? A lot. Generally, there are seven (7) legal liabilities and commonalities lawyers see with some frequency, or which will occur to a legal certainty, that ...