There are many times couples physically separate but continue to stay married. There are a variety of reasons this occurs. For instance, maybe one spouse has a chronic medical condition and would lose health care coverage he or she has under the other spouse’s group medical plan upon divorce. However, in most cases, there comes a time when a party who has been separated for a time from their spouse wants a divorce to move on (perhaps with a new romantic interest). This raises a profound question. What is in the marital pot for the court to divide? Is it ...
Tag: filing for divorce
September 10, 2020CD
With divorce on the rise due to the COVID-19 virus and spouses being stuck at home with each other, many have learned aspects of their marriage they never knew before—such as a partner’s drinking problem, on-line gambling habit, or shopping addiction. Most lawyers have had such cases where such addictions, drugs in particular, have literally bankrupted the parties. The question is, what type of relief is there for the innocent spouse to recover wasted and squandered marital assets? This is called “marital dissipation” in legal terms. This blog covers what you need to know if you are in this situation ...
September 3, 2020CD
The prospect of a divorce for a stay-at-home parent can be overwhelming, raising questions like, “How do I get a job because I have lost my skills being out of the workforce for so long?” to “If I obtain physical custody of the children, can I remain in the marital home?” Clearly, divorce will be life-changing for these parents. This blog covers protections and rights of stay-at-home parents in divorce cases. First, and perhaps frightening for the stay-at-home parent, is that there is a presumption of an equal division of property. This includes what you brought into the marriage and acquired ...
June 4, 2020CD
Filing for divorce is hard. It’s an emotionally draining time for everyone involved. And as such, it is a decision that should not be made hastily. But, if you find yourself in a situation where you feel divorce is inevitable, you may be wondering, when is the best time of the year to file? While there is no advantage, legally speaking, to filing in one month as compared to another, there are several benefits to filing for your divorce at the start of the new year in January. This blog provides an overview of some of the benefits of filing ...
December 6, 2019CD
The Indiana Civil Protective Order Act (“Act”) provides powerful relief to help ensure the safety of certain covered Hoosiers who find themselves in dangerous situations, such as a victim of domestic violence. Additionally, the Act covers certain minor children in harmful situations or individuals, such as from an abusive or drug-addicted parent. While protective orders issued under the Act are unique and powerful tools, they may be abused in cases by a petitioner’s false allegations and issued against a person who is not a threat to anyone. This blog looks at four things to know about protective orders so that you may ...
October 18, 2019CD
It is common knowledge that addiction to illicit and prescription drugs is at “epidemic” proportions in the United States. Unfortunately, families are not immune from this problem and many divorces are tied to addiction (which may be tied to mental illness diagnoses as well). Many spouses simply do not know how addiction may play into divorce, so they wait or do not file at all until it is too late. This blog covers what you need to know about filing for divorce where addiction is at play. The basis for the divorce. Indiana is a no-fault state so the fact that ...
September 20, 2019CD
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 are generally considered valid as long as they are entered into freely and without fraud, duress, or misrepresentation, and are not unconscionable. What makes ...
May 30, 2019CD
There is never a good time for a divorce. Just the thought is “sickening” for most spouses. However, some marriages will not withstand the test of time—in fact, roughly half of them—and a divorce will occur. While many factors may play into a divorce, such as timing (i.e., when the kids graduate from high school) and planning (e.g., securing a certain job or finding a place to potentially move if it gets nasty), this blog addresses three situations when you must consider filing for divorce now versus later for your own financial security, protection of your children and minimizing loss ...
May 7, 2019CD