Often times, individuals feel like asking their soon to be spouse to sign a premarital agreement may be disrespectful, or that even having a conversation about signing one may be awkward. However, premarital agreements, also referred to as prenuptial agreements, actually offer a lot of benefits to couples. While couples contemplating marriage should certainly shoot for the goal of remaining married, unfortunately, life happens, and relationships get strained. Premarital agreements are a way to “hope for the best, and expect the worst.” This blog looks ...
Tag: divorce in Indiana
Divorces are hard. They bring a lot of emotional heartache. One such tool that couples can use to attempt to avoid some of this heartache in the unfortunate event of a divorce is what is known as a pre-nuptial agreement. Pre-nuptial agreements determine how property will be divided upon divorce. Pre-nuptial agreements are contracts, and like contracts, certain requirements must be met in order to be considered valid. While pre-nuptial agreements are very fact specific, they ...
December 20, 2018 / Divorce
The mere thought of a divorce is difficult for most of us. However, if you are going to divorce, picking the “right” divorce attorney for your case is the way to avoid wasting money and going through multiple attorneys because you are perpetually dissatisfied. Often, the “best” divorce attorney—who may have handled every case from international parental abduction to a multi-million-dollar marital estate—is not necessarily the “right” divorce attorney for you. Equally, the best divorce attorney by ranking or for your friend’s divorce may ...
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 ...
Legal Rights and Remedies That Do Not Exist in Indiana Most seasoned divorce attorneys have had clients who have lived in different places or have friends and family divorced in other states; sometimes this brings pre-conceived notions to the table about what is possible in a divorce in Indiana. This blog addresses the most common misunderstandings of litigants in proceeding in Indiana. The first misconception is alimony. In many states, the spouse without earning power can obtain long-term alimony. It is not uncommon to hear about very large monthly (or weekly) alimony awards ...
October 29, 2015 / Divorce
At this point in the blog series, it addresses one of the most controversial and on-going types of domestic litigation: “child support.” The driving policy behind child support is to maintain the lifestyle the children were accustomed to prior to the divorce. However, it costs more money to operate two households than one. This creates the common position lawyers hear from their clients, which is a variant of “I cannot get by on that low amount of support” or “I cannot ...
October 28, 2015 / Divorce
Continuing in the alphabet blog series, as it relates to terms you might encounter in a divorce, this post covers key “B” words or terms. Perhaps the most common of terms in a divorce where custody is at issue is the “best interests” standard; this standard applies to all paternity and divorce cases that involve children. A trial court is charged to look out for the best interests of children. In other words, a trial court will not enter an order as ...
October 27, 2015 / Divorce
In this series of blog posts, Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. attorneys explore the legal terms that often arise in divorce cases. To make this series meaningful, and tie it between similar and sometimes very different legal concepts, the letters of the alphabet are used to identify and explain key words and terms. There are seven common words to the divorce process that begin with “A.” The first is “appeal.” A divorce decree and other “final” orders issued by a trial court may ...