The ending of yet another year and thinking about life and goals for the next year brings up all sorts of thoughts; psychologists and lawyers will tell you the clients they see have them run the gambit during the holiday season (Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Years). Often this brings up a continually declining marriage and thoughts of filing for divorce. So, with the holidays, it often the best of times, with gatherings of family and friends, and the worst of times, with the thought of entering another year in bad marriage. This blog addresses the key reasons you should probably wait to file ...
December 13, 2018CD
Divorce is often the best of times and the worst of times - all at the same time. The decision to move on in life from a worn-out relationship is hard-to-impossible to make, particularly where there are children involved. The “unknowns” and “uncertainty” are what hold many people back. On the other hand, life is short and taking steps to move to a new future when a marriage cannot be repaired is at the same time, liberating to exciting for many litigants. This blog post provides three practical, common-sense tips most litigants never think of in this context, but which ...
March 13, 2018CD
Have You Been Contacted by CPS or the Police for "Alleged" Child Abuse or Molestation? Consider These Three Key Points You Need To “Know” And What “To Do” (Or Not Do). There is a somewhat shared knowledge in our society that some children in ordinary—to—high-risk families are physically or sexually abused. Statistics are hard to come by but generally indicate, on average, that one in four children is subject to physical or sexual abuse, not factoring in the significant problem of human sex-trafficking of children. However, everyone identifies with an innocent child and sometimes what gets lost in the emotional response to ...
March 5, 2018CD
In the ideal world, you select the right attorney for you civil case at the outset. Sometimes there are developments, such as other companion cases that occur, that makes it too complex or the “wrong fit” for the attorney’s practice and/or client’s objectives. For these and a myriad of other reasons, attorney-client relationships falter or need to end at times like other relationships. The question is when you should change counsel? There are no hard and fast rules on this topic. But this blog addresses three major considerations you should take in changing counsel. Disagreement and emotional responses in litigation can be ...
November 27, 2017CD
What You Know May Hurt You and Impact the Rest of Your Child’s Life Juvenile delinquency means that a child, but for his young age, is alleged to have committed a delinquent act which would be a crime if he or she is an adult. The parents’ decisions for the child at the beginning of such a matter may literally define the course of the child’s life. This blog post explores some of the inherent traps in a delinquency allegation or charge (created not as intentional traps but to safeguard constitutional rights)—the Big Three: Lawyer up and Remain Silent: First, a juvenile ...
April 14, 2017CD
Child Support is generally ordered in every case where there is a minor child(ren) in a divorce or paternity (child born out of wedlock) case. There are 3 main ways to terminate a child support order: Emancipation – Age – In Indiana, a child support order continues until the child reaches the age of 19 (previously 21), by statute. Some courts will automatically terminate a wage withholding order, and stop withdrawing funds from your paycheck upon the child turning 19, but in other cases, you may need to file a motion with the court to stop child support. Financial support for a ...
October 23, 2014CD
The decision to divorce from your spouse is often loaded with many emotional, financial, and lifestyle considerations. Everyone who thinks about, or decides to, divorce has different reasons. Divorce can be a very emotional decision and process, the loss of a loved one and relationship can be very devastating, and if there are children, learning how to co-parent and help your children adjust to the changes of their parents no longer being together can be a rough path to navigate. On the other hand, the process of divorce has a business side to it too. Oftentimes during a marriage, couples ...
June 17, 2014CD
While every divorce case is unique when it comes to property, assets, debts, incomes, child custody, and parenting time, in each of these categories, courts have a starting point, and lawyers will help to you to argue your position and move off the presumed starting place. 1. Property (assets and debts): The Court presumes that of all property owned by the parties either before or during the marriage will be divided 50/50. There are exceptions to this general rule, including situations where one party entered the marriage with substantial property acquired years before the marriage, or one party makes substantially less income ...
May 27, 2014CD
Change is a Constant The Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines (“IPTGs” or “Guidelines”) offer a baseline for parents in this midst of a divorce or paternity action a guide for parenting time (previously called visitation). The IPTGs continue application after the initial action and custody order. Parenting time issues, disputes, and misunderstanding are common problems Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. advocates encounter. With revised IPTGs on the table, we provide this blog to help readers to perhaps anticipate the future and eliminate misunderstandings and some disputes. Because the IPTGs impact parent-child time, they examine holidays, children’s basic needs, parenting conflicts, and more to get to ...
April 26, 2012CD