Child custody proceedings tend to be confusing and emotional times. Whether it be an initial custody proceeding or a modification of a pre-existing custody order, the process always seems to be draining on all involved parties. However, you can relieve some of the emotional burden by understanding the basic workings of child custody in Indiana. In this blog, we provide four things to know about child custody in Indiana. Physical and Legal. The first thing to know about child custody in Indiana is that it is divided into two distinct categories. First, there is physical custody. Physical custody simply means the ...
July 16, 2020CD
Child custody litigation is a gut-wrenching experience for all parents. Both want the same amount of time they had before the divorce or post-divorce they may be seeking a modification to gain additional time, but there is only a finite amount of time for custody and parenting time. That said when a parent loses a custody battle their first thought often is to appeal. Sometimes this is possible and sometimes it is not. Further, there are a number of different reasons to appeal. When and why you should appeal a loss in custody litigation is the focus of this blog ...
July 7, 2020CD
A lot of mystery seems to surround the division of assets when parties file for divorce and call the end to the marriage. Numerous questions arise. Do I get to keep family heirlooms I brought into the marriage? Does my spouse get a part of my 401(k) as he or she has her own? If our marriage has only lasted a few years, and I brought most of the assets into the marriage, do I get to keep them? This blog answers these questions generally by discussing Indiana’s one-pot theory and the presumption of an equal division of assets.1 Perhaps the ...
July 6, 2020CD
There is general agreement among the bench and bar that parents should not call their children as witnesses in their divorce of post-decree modification cases. Putting any child on the stand is a traumatic experience and one that usually makes them pick sides. On the other hand, while there are a lot of ways a child’s views can be made known to a court, such as a custody evaluation, sometimes with older children or in very unique circumstances, a party wants a judge to hear the child directly address the Court. This can be done outside the litigants’ presence. This ...
July 2, 2020CD
Almost every seasoned divorce attorney has been blindsided in court from some significant evidence (documents or testimony) that has a detrimental impact on his or her client’s case. The conventional thinking may be my spouse does not know about it or would not dare to raise it in our divorce trial. Think again. However, that is almost always not the case. Evidence of some pattern of bad behavior or deviant conduct to illegal activity, if relevant, can change the court’s direction in its award of custody and division of property. The last place your divorce attorney should hear this for ...
June 30, 2020CD
Indiana, having a significant number of military installments, has its fair share of military divorces over the course of any given year. In fact, many attorneys have tried divorce cases over the phone from troops who may not even be able to disclose their location to the trial court. That said, there are protections for military members under the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Act. This blog surveys key information you need to know if you are a deployed military member who is stationed abroad and wants a divorce or are served with divorce paperwork. As a threshold matter, particularly with adaptations made ...
June 25, 2020CD
In Indiana, assets acquired by either party before the marriage and brought into the marriage, acquired during the marriage and up to the date of filing, are considered marital property subject to the court’s division. Furthermore, the presumption for a just and equitable division is a 50/50 division, although the trial court has vast discretion to deviate for any fair reason.1 Where worker’s comp awards of personal injury settlements (particularly structured settlements) come into play, they generate a lot of confusion and acrimony between the parties. This blog generally surveys the legal landscape and covers what you may do with ...
June 24, 2020CD
Like everyone and everything in life, the judicial system isn’t perfect. As such, sometimes trial courts get it wrong. If you or someone you know just received a child custody determination that you believe was wrongly decided, you have the ability to seek relief via an appeal. How is this done? How long does it take? In this blog, we look at the general process for appealing a custody order in Indiana. The first thing to consider in the appeal process is the timing of initiating the appeal. Generally speaking, once you receive a final custody order, whether it be an ...
June 17, 2020CD
Anyone who has watched a courtroom drama or live court TV has probably seen an attorney shout “objection!” while an individual is testifying. However, what is it that is being objected to? Why is this important? At Ciyou & Dixon, P.C., we believe understanding objections made during trial will make you a more informed legal consumer and maximize the quality of your trial testimony. In this blog, we look at four common objections made during testimony in a divorce matter. Hearsay. “Objection! Hearsay.” This is an objection most have heard, but one that still causes a lot of confusion, even for ...
June 16, 2020CD
Clearly, with COVID-19 and significant changes in the global supply chain currently impacting most businesses, everyone has had their job put at risk to some degree. This is the case even in great economic times. A simple restructuring of a company may cause a job loss. In this case, many parents paying child support simply do not know what to do. Willful failure to pay support is a contemptible action in court. This blog explores the best practices to follow when you lose your job and/or otherwise cannot pay child support. The best way to start to address this problem is ...
June 11, 2020CD