Probably. Divorce is unique in civil suits because the parties likely will continue to know each other (particularly) if they have children and interact into the future. With a divorce if you lose custody, child support is wrong, or the property is not properly divided or completely divided, you need to appeal to protect your future rights. This blog explores why you should consider an appeal in divorce and paternity cases. Where children are involved (divorce or paternity), if child custody is at issue, the parent who does not prevail should consider an appeal if there are viable issues. Just waiting ...
January 15, 2019CD
In a Divorce, Am I Entitled to Half the Value of Property Titled with My Spouse If It Creates an Unequal Division of Assets? Maybe? This is a common question as many people logically think if the mortgage/deed and title to a car is in both names, half the value belongs to each spouse on divorce. This brings us three closely related legal concepts that were all recently addressed in a key case decided by the Court of Appeals on November 7, 2018. This case and how it answers this question is the topic of this blog post. The most important legal ...
November 15, 2018CD
Under the Divorce Act, the Legislature has expressly encouraged divorcing parties to reach agreements to divide their property. Most of the time, a divorce court will accept most any property (real property, like land and the marital home, and personal property, like furniture and pots and pans) agreement. In fact, the parties are free to enter a property division that the court could not order or would abuse its discretion in doing so.1 However, there are three critical mistakes that some parties make in settling their property that may be impossible or expensive to fix in the future; these are ...
September 27, 2018CD
Divorce is often the best of times and the worst of times - all at the same time. The decision to move on in life from a worn-out relationship is hard-to-impossible to make, particularly where there are children involved. The “unknowns” and “uncertainty” are what hold many people back. On the other hand, life is short and taking steps to move to a new future when a marriage cannot be repaired is at the same time, liberating to exciting for many litigants. This blog post provides three practical, common-sense tips most litigants never think of in this context, but which ...
March 13, 2018CD
This blog discusses the considerations in the division of a farm as part of the marital estate and how same may be valued in a dissolution proceeding. A farm that as part of the marital estate creates unique issues in a dissolution of marriage, and the potential for argument over the ultimate division of the farm property, which the firm has handled at the trial court level and on appeal to higher courts. In determining the division of farm property, some consideration must be given to how the farm was acquired, which may impact the ultimate division from the presumption of ...
January 31, 2018CD
In some divorces, there is “foreign” real estate within the total marital estate1. Typically, this falls into one of three categories: (1) a timeshare or some other similar factional ownership; (2) a home or property sited in another state; or (3) a home or property located in another country. Under the Indiana Divorce Act—Indiana’s body of law that guides judges in divorce proceedings—all such real property is subject to the jurisdiction of the divorce court and must be divided. This blog covers the unique legal concepts and issues related to “foreign” real property. The most common type of marital asset is ...
January 8, 2018CD
The Use of Forensic Accountants and Private Investigators to Find Hidden Assets in Divorce In Indiana when you file for divorce, there is a rebuttable presumption that the Court is to divide the marital estate or assets 50/50. Sometimes there are allegations that a party has hidden monies and other assets of the marriage that has to be divided. There is a rule that the division of the marital estate cannot exceed its entire value.1 This means that if the total value of the marital estate is a liquid sum of $100,000, and the court follows the presumption, each party would receive ...
November 3, 2017CD
The point of divorce is to divide and financially separate each party from the other—completely if there are no children; children are subject to the continuing jurisdiction of the court until emancipated or through college. This blog covers the complexities of situations where the parties have a parcel of real property in another state or country, addressing the question: Can a trial court divide this real property, and if so, how is the judgment enforced? Indiana follows the one pot theory; this means that the following real property is subject to the trial court’s (divorce court’s) authority to divide: 1). Property ...
June 13, 2017CD
While most domestic cases resolve before trial, those that are tried generally involve unique legal issues, or more commonly, extremely contentious issues such as child custody, amount of parenting time or child support (the two are linked), or serious issues about valuation of assets. Indiana judges get a “hot record”, meaning they are given great deference in judging the witness’s credibility. This blog covers four ways to “torpedo” your case by being a witness that lacks credibility. The first is quite common—denying undeniable facts. For instance, in a long-term relationship that involves drug use, even “recreational” (illegal) marijuana, it is generally ...
January 11, 2017Adam Hayes
In Indiana, there is a 60 day cooling off period for divorce. This sometimes creates the assumption of litigants who want a divorce that it will be completed in that time frame. In almost all cases, that will not occur. This blog explores the four major components that have to occur before obtaining a divorce so you better understand the process. Many times, the parties think about a divorce but do not file or reconcile or go into counseling after filing a divorce. This is the first component--one party being firmly vested in obtaining a divorce. Filing does start the time ...
March 9, 2016Adam Hayes