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
Under the Divorce Act, the Legislature has expressly encouraged divorcing parties to reach agreements to divide their property. Most of the time, a divorce court will accept most any property (real property, like land and the marital home, and personal property, like furniture and pots and pans) agreement. In fact, the parties are free to enter a property division that the court could not order or would abuse its discretion in doing so.1 However, there are three critical mistakes that some parties make in settling their property that may be impossible or expensive to fix in the future; these are ...
September 27, 2018CD
Indiana trial court judges and attorneys encourage the parties to reach agreements in divorce and paternity cases. There is even a specific statute in the Divorce Act expressly encouraging custody agreements.1 However, Indiana trial court judges have a legal duty to watch over children of the marriage and ensure their best interests are met. For this reason, there are a few types of agreements the parties cannot settle for or even request the trial court to order in a contested trial. This blog addresses these four types of child-related terms the parties cannot agree to and why that is the ...
September 13, 2018CD
In many cases, when the marriage is “done”, the question becomes “how fast can I get a divorce?”. The answer is, “it depends”. No one likes the uncertainty and turmoil associated with divorce. Often, a divorce significantly impacts family, friends, and work. So, in theory for most litigants, the sooner the divorce is complete, and the marriage dissolved, the better it is to move on in life. As a statutory matter, sixty days must pass before a trial court can enter a divorce if there is an agreement on all terms. Most of the time the divorce is not completed in ...
July 23, 2018CD
Not long ago the trend was filing for divorce mid-winter and in early spring. However, in our ever-changing mobile society, everything is different. The same appears to be true for divorce. Working from home and/or blended school calendars may be a few factors that account for shifting trends of when divorce is filed. This blog explores key reasons why filing divorce in the summer may be a prudent consideration for some couples when it was not a norm or even considered in the past. What is the right time? As a practical matter, and first, if the parties do not have children, ...
June 13, 2018CD
Three Ways to Protect “Loans” From Family and Friends in Divorce Proceedings How can I protect money my parents or friends loaned me (actually “us” legally speaking) from being divided with my spouse in the divorce? A common scenario that unfolds in a divorce is a claim by the husband or wife that certain money in the marital estate and asset was loaned the divorcing couple and should be repaid. In most cases, there is not a perfected loan (document) recognized under Indiana law that is automatically given protection in divorce proceedings because the divorce court cannot undo a proper, binding loan ...
April 3, 2018CD
The Impact Upon Children in a High Conflict Custody Case This blog discusses the importance of trying to resolve disputes in high conflict custody cases to try to avoid emotional harm to the children. Often in high conflict cases involving child custody disputes, the single most important factor is ignored by the parties: “what is in the best interest of the child”. Many times, the conflict begins because one party, the non-custodial parent “wants” something, usually more time with the child, and the custodial parent is absolutely opposed. Both parties may have a variety of reasons for their positions. But ultimately the ...
January 17, 2018CD
The Tax Man Cometh – And He Taketh Away: Good or Bad? In most divorce cases, there are tax considerations, such a dependent exemptions. This is sometimes a key concern in divorce cases. As part of the much anticipated tax reform, our financial partners are providing the meaning and impact upon divorcing parties, divorced parties, and paternity cases. This is the focus of this blog post. The first major change analyzed in this blog is the elimination of the dependent exemption. After years of fighting over the right to claim the child(ren) as a dependant and receive the tax benefit of same, ...
January 11, 2018CD
Law changes ever so imperceptibly every day. It has to in order to keep up with our society and afford each of us the right to achieve “life, liberty and happiness” through due process of law. The right to due process of law protects the family that is singled out for the most protection in the Constitution —there is a fundamental right of parents to raise their children as they see fit, even if other people or government believes otherwise or disagrees. This blog explores the key daily changes in domestic law and how they balance against the rights of ...
December 27, 2017CD
Unlike in divorce cases, where children born during the marriage are presumed to be children of the Husband and Wife1, in paternity cases, paternity of the child has to be established by one of several means2. One way, in particular, DNA testing, creates a reliable basis for the alleged father to ensure paternity of the child in question. In many paternity actions, the parents were together at the time when the child was conceived, and the father may have signed the paternity affidavit at the hospital. But, in those instances where paternity is uncertain and has not been established, DNA testing ...
September 28, 2017CD