From time-to-time, we all hear news stories about large weekly or monthly alimony awards provided to a spouse during and following divorce. The point behind alimony is to maintain that spouse and/or children in a lifestyle similar to what they had been living after a divorce is final. However, every state has different divorce laws and policies, including Indiana. This blog covers what you need to know about “alimony” at and after a divorce in Indiana. As an initial matter, you should know that Indiana does not have “alimony” as you might envision the concept from what is sometimes heard on ...
December 28, 2017CD
Under the Divorce Act, the Legislature vests trial courts with great discretion to divide the marital estate in a just and equal manner. One consideration in any divorce is the award of statutory rehabilitation maintenance. Rehabilitation maintenance1 is much narrower than alimony in many states because it only allows a trial court to award such for up to three (3) years when a spouse needs extra support while obtaining employment-related education or training. There are four (4) considerations the trial court considers in making such an award: The educational level of each spouse at the time of marriage and at the time ...
October 31, 2017CD
In a key case decided by the Indiana Court of Appeals, it clarified two important points about family law and college 529 accounts. These are educational accounts opened by a parent or parents for payment of college expenses for their children, with a parent as an owner and the child as a beneficiary. Normally, a petition for college expenses has to be filed before the age the child is emancipated as a matter of law at age 19.1 This was a point of contention in this new case. If not timely filed, the trial court cannot order college expenses and the ...
October 4, 2017CD
Consequences for “Willful Failure” to Comply In domestic law, cases often involve the issuance of several orders by the Court for a number of different issues and reasons. For example, the court may issue orders regarding child support, finances, debt, and/or health insurance coverage during the pendency of the divorce. These orders may come down separately as the issues arise and/or be a part of the final dissolution order. Every order issued by the Court is an order the parties must follow and fulfill, or the party who does not may face a motion for contempt (or, rule to show cause as ...
July 5, 2012CD
Starting in July 1st of this year, the age children are emancipated for the purpose of child support will change from 21 to 19. With the enactment of this new law, there will be a transition time where attorneys advocate it meanings, and the trial court and ultimately Indiana’s appellate courts agree or disagree to give it legal meaning. The scope and limits of this new statute are undetermined at this time. One of the main topics addressed in the new statute is education. There is a specific exception for educational expenses to be allowed to continue–after age 19-- by order ...
May 1, 2012CD