The “old” and “traditional” ways of communicating between attorneys and clients had changed, although they still exist: meetings, telephone calls, and mailing letters. The new technology, emails and texts have changed that. Attorneys and clients have a variety of ways to interact and communicate. This varies from practice to practice. However, this blog focuses on more fundamental issues, which is when communicating with your counsel, what is the best way to do so. Some of this may be ironed out by familiarity with each other as the case progresses. There are three key ways that anecdotal evidence suggests communication happens, each having ...
February 18, 2016Adam Hayes
Most seasoned divorce attorneys observe common and avoidable mistakes parties make during divorce hearings (preliminary hearings or finals). Indiana has a strong and neutral judiciary. However, bad acts and these mistakes may factor into how a judges views a litigant as a parent. So try to avoid them. The first is something relatively new: wireless devices. Sitting in a courtroom and having your cell phone ring is a violation of most written local court rules. And it sends a signal (or can) to the court that something is more important to you than your hearing. Normally, a divorce has the ability ...
November 10, 2015Adam Hayes
Protective Orders are frequently sought in domestic relations matters ranging from paternity to divorce and sometimes reaching to third parties. They are quasi-civil in nature, meaning that they are not handled by prosecutors as most criminal matters are; However, violation of a protective order does carry with it the potential for a criminal charge, arrest and prosecution. Frequently protective orders are sought in relationships that have become hostile and are filed in conjunction with other court filings, such as a dissolution, or to establish paternity, or contempts. Most courts in Indiana will consolidate the protective order with the other matters, so ...
January 23, 2014CD
If you are involved in a legal dispute and retain an attorney to help manage the matter and work through its resolution, there is often voluminous amounts of information that need to be shared between the attorney and client. Often the underlying legal dispute has been years in the making–but faced with conflict we all want the matter resolved sooner rather than later. On top of this, the situation or dynamic involving the matter may be changing as the litigation moves forward, and to form an effective plan of action to get the matter resolved, as opposed to an ad hoc approach ...
June 21, 2012CD
The use of cell phones in daily life has become the norm, no longer the exception. Now, with technology becoming more and more advanced, smartphones are essentially equivalent to computers you can carry around in your pocket. They can hold information that is both trivial and extremely personal (i.e., bank account information). The use of cell phones and especially smartphones is becoming increasingly important and, correspondingly, there is more significant usage and hand-in-hand comes privacy issues. Is a smartphone safe from the eyes of the phone company and police? Questions such as these are being answered through caselaw in recent months. Especially ...
March 6, 2012CD
Perhaps. Yes. No. Maybe. The answer is driven by the facts. Even with the most caring parents committed to making post-divorce parenting work, disputes and disagreements are common with the other parent’s right to reasonable parenting time. At Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. we frequently receive questions about denial of the first right of refusal to be the caregiver when the possessory parent is unavailable , tardy pickups and dropoffs , and denial or interference with phone contact. One of the central questions raised by our clients and other family law litigants is does this mean custody can or should be changed? The general ...
January 31, 2012CD