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“What types of cases fall under family law?”

At Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. we have many family law cases pending at any given time throughout Indiana’s 92 counties, as well as on appeal to the Court of Appeals of Indiana or seeking transfer to the Indiana Supreme Court. The shareholders at Ciyou & Dixon, P.C., Bryan Ciyou and Julie Dixon, have approximately 50 years of combined experience in handling complex family law cases throughout the State and with co-counsels across the United States and other countries in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

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In a traditional sense, family law, which is also referred to as domestic relations, is thought of in terms of divorce (or legal separation) and paternity cases. While that is true, a great number of other bodies of law have cases that may be thought of as family law matters. By this, we mean those involving divorce and paternity, with companion litigation, including criminal matters and DCS investigations. However, there are a significant number of other cases/matters that have domestic dynamics, usually involving disputes over children in some way, include the following:

Our firm handles all of these cases, as well as most others that arise in domestic life, such as criminal defense of a parent who is falsely accused of a criminal act as a tactical tool to gain ground in child custody litigation. We take a straight-forward approach and identify the controlling dynamics, which is key. For instance, if one spouse is divorcing because he or she is “hurt” over an affair, they may use the divorce process and delay to “punish” the other parent—no matter what the harm to the children and financial costs. This is key to know because there are numerous ways to press the divorce forward. Domestic law has numerous tools (statutes) in a toolbox (code books), any of which a skilled domestic lawyer may use to address the dynamics of your specific case. Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. attorneys are adept at determining the controlling dynamics and using the law to assist clients in obtaining the best outcome in their domestic litigation. This minimizes harm to children and allows litigants to move on in life when their case is over in the best possible financial position in the post-divorce-litigation world.

If you find our experience and approach to domestic cases consistent with what you desire in your domestic relations’ attorney, perhaps Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. is the right firm for you.

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