In today’s world, it is somewhat common to have monies provided to newlyweds by their parents to assist with the purchase of a home, car, rent or for other expenses, particularly when grandchildren come along. Ultimately, if the parties divorce, can a creditor parent recover this money? What is the burden of proof? What does a creditor parent need to do? What protections are there in the law for a creditor parent? While they obvious answer may seem like “yes”, a creditor parent gets his/her money back, that is often not the case. This blog explores how a creditor parent ...
Tag: real property
September 25, 2020CD
In today’s mobile society, it is common for parties to have a second home in another state or country. Many people who are divorcing think this is outside the Indiana divorce court’s jurisdiction because it is not within the state. That is not the case, although it does create several problems for litigants and their attorneys. All marital property brought into the marriage, acquired during the marriage to the date of filing, is marital property for the trial court to divide.1 This blog covers the basics of how homes and other real property located in other places are addressed in ...
July 30, 2020CD
Many people in Indiana have a general idea of what it means to appeal a decision. The popularity of legal TV shows, true crime shows streamed to our laptops and tablets, and news stories about the reversal of criminal convictions based on DNA evidence or a new United States Supreme Court case all touch on the idea of an “appeal.” We’ve already broadly covered the basics of an appeal in our blog post “What Does It Mean to File an Appeal?” This blog post focuses on a more specific type of appeal – an interlocutory appeal. Read on below to ...
May 28, 2019CD
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
Sometimes a marriage may last many years, and sometimes divorces do too. Normally, if there is a mistake in the final decree, such as failure to decide an issue or misapplication of the law, the preferred remedy is filing a Motion to Correct Errors or taking an appeal to the Indiana Court of Appeals within thirty days. If you do not, you may be stuck with the problem. Nevertheless, sometimes months or years later a party discovers a major problem with the decree1 or some fraud. What do you do? Well, Indiana’s laws are structured to provide due process and ...
September 6, 2018CD
This blog discusses the considerations in the division of a farm as part of the marital estate and how same may be valued in a dissolution proceeding. A farm that as part of the marital estate creates unique issues in a dissolution of marriage, and the potential for argument over the ultimate division of the farm property, which the firm has handled at the trial court level and on appeal to higher courts. In determining the division of farm property, some consideration must be given to how the farm was acquired, which may impact the ultimate division from the presumption of ...
January 31, 2018CD
In some divorces, there is “foreign” real estate within the total marital estate1. Typically, this falls into one of three categories: (1) a timeshare or some other similar factional ownership; (2) a home or property sited in another state; or (3) a home or property located in another country. Under the Indiana Divorce Act—Indiana’s body of law that guides judges in divorce proceedings—all such real property is subject to the jurisdiction of the divorce court and must be divided. This blog covers the unique legal concepts and issues related to “foreign” real property. The most common type of marital asset is ...
January 8, 2018CD
The point of divorce is to divide and financially separate each party from the other—completely if there are no children; children are subject to the continuing jurisdiction of the court until emancipated or through college. This blog covers the complexities of situations where the parties have a parcel of real property in another state or country, addressing the question: Can a trial court divide this real property, and if so, how is the judgment enforced? Indiana follows the one pot theory; this means that the following real property is subject to the trial court’s (divorce court’s) authority to divide: 1). Property ...
June 13, 2017CD
One of the most uncertain times in life is deciding to get a divorce and end a marriage. The list of items that must be done to effectuate this is lengthy and runs from locating tax returns to potentially finding a place to live. During this time, it is also easy to feel overwhelmed by everything and anything. This blog provides three key steps to make and/or gather for a smooth divorce—so you can focus concern with productive actions. The first is to get a realistic financial picture of where the marriage estate stands. Ordinarily, if you gather tax returns ...
August 31, 2016Adam Hayes
A significant legal myth in the purchase of property is boundary lines. When a home is purchased, even a new home, the mortgage company typically requires a “survey.” There are three types of real estate surveys. With improved real property (which means a structure is built upon it), a purchase and mortgage usually requires a boundary survey. This is a legal term of art and generally means the property is the size described, such as a one-half an acre and the improvement (typically a home) is within the legal boundaries of the property. These are the least expensive of surveys. If for ...
May 21, 2015Adam Hayes