For many couples, divorce is a long, arduous journey. Finally getting the divorce decree marks the end of the road for a broken relationship and opens the door to a world of new possibilities. That said, the actual divorce decree may still leave many legal details to be attended to or a party is placed in substantial risk in the weeks, months, and even years to come. This blog looks at five mistake that are commonly made when a divorce decree is entered—don’t let this be your case. Designation of Beneficiary Status: A designation of a beneficiary is a person named ...
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September 23, 2020CD
After one party files for divorce, what happens next? By statute, sixty (60) days must pass before the court can enter a divorce decree. A divorce is often a complex financial transaction separating the parties’ assets and an emotional one involving child custody and support. Most divorces take at least a few months to finalize. During this time, many parties cannot agree on who will live in the marital residence, how they will share the children, what car each will drive and who will pay what bills. In these cases, typically one party will move the court to set a ...
August 27, 2020CD
In today’s mobile society, it is common for parties to have a second home in another state or country. Many people who are divorcing think this is outside the Indiana divorce court’s jurisdiction because it is not within the state. That is not the case, although it does create several problems for litigants and their attorneys. All marital property brought into the marriage, acquired during the marriage to the date of filing, is marital property for the trial court to divide.1 This blog covers the basics of how homes and other real property located in other places are addressed in ...
July 30, 2020CD
When most couples marry, they slowly and unwittingly merge their financial, business, and personal lives together. They may have a car loan on a car purchased for the husband, but as time goes on, it makes sense for the wife to drive it, such as if one car dies and the husband gets a company car. A joint account may be equally contributed to or each party’s paycheck goes into it and is used to pay for all bills. Parties, in fact, have rituals for who pays what and how the household is handled that are unsaid and unwritten but ...
May 28, 2020CD
Most divorce cases, even those involving complex property issues and hotly contested custody matters resolve at mediation. Those that do not often wind up in final hearings that may go over several non-consecutive days over the expanse of weeks or months. After numerous witnesses, arguments over the admission of exhibits, and cross-examination, most litigants cannot wait to get their divorce decree and order so they can start moving on in life. The question is when should you expect it? This answer to this question is, “it depends”. However, in almost all cases, the court will take the matter “under advisement” ...
May 7, 2020CD
Divorce is hard. Not only is it an emotional time, but also extremely stressful due to the confusion and uncertainty many experience. However, much of this stress can be relieved by being informed of the divorce process and preparing for what’s ahead. In this blog, we provide you with five things for you to consider when undergoing the divorce process in Indiana. You Won’t “Win”. The first thing you must know is that you won’t “win” a divorce. No matter how favorable a divorce decree may be for an individual, no one ever walks away feeling they have really won anything. ...
April 15, 2020CD
The short answer is, it depends. In Indiana, there are two primary ways to obtain appellate attorney fees in a divorce matter. The first is found in Indiana Code section 31-15-10-1.1 The second is found under Indiana Rule of Appellate Procedure 66(E). Your basis for seeking attorney’s fees will determine which statute/rule to proceed under. In this blog, we provide a brief overview of the two mechanisms for obtaining appellate attorney’s fees in a divorce case, and when to use one over the other. Indiana Code 31-15-10-1 provides that a trial court may order a party to pay a reasonable amount ...
December 6, 2019CD
With Americans increasingly living and working abroad as we expand to a global workforce, Indiana divorces with international aspects are not uncommon.1 This blog briefly highlights some of the issues you need to know if you are in this situation. Jurisdiction. As long as one of the parties have lived in the state and county for six (6) months, the Court has jurisdiction to entertain a divorce case and it can make a custody award, divide the property, and divorce the parties. So at a basic level, Indiana courts can provide complete relief for the spouse (and children, if there are ...
September 12, 2019CD
The importance of pets in our society is measured in terms of billions of dollars. Couples are delaying children or not having them at all--and pets are more commonly accepted everywhere—such as at hotels. They are the “kids” for many people and when a divorce comes about, they can be the central issue of contention—who gets “Tigger” the cat or “Fido” the dog. This blog addresses pets under current Indiana law. As many readers may be surprised to learn, pets are treated as normal household property—like the plates in the kitchen and the car in the driveway. Nevertheless, that does not ...
September 11, 2019CD
Divorce is complex and requires unique steps for each case to be followed before ultimately being finalized—the divorce decree entered, and the parties divorced. There are many avenues that an attorney can take when helping you through your divorce. One of these options is mediation. Most courts order it before a final divorce hearing. However, mediation can be used at any time if this tool makes sense. If you and your spouse are having a difficult time coming to an agreement within your divorce on minor issues or just one issue, it might be time to consider mediation to speed ...
August 1, 2019CD