In the digital age, the era of endless activities for even the youngest children that didn’t exist in easier times, given about half of all marriages end in divorce, even parents who remain together have time carving out true quality (interactive) time with their children. This blog goes back to basics to provide three simple tips that almost seem forgotten for parents to have quality time with their children. Maybe all parents have always been busy and have struggled to find a life balance where both parents worked. However, today adults and children alike are “tied” (in some cases literally addicted) ...
October 22, 2018CD
In today’s digital world, complex financial transactions and the ability to sort out fact from fiction is difficult in all arenas. This is especially true in the context of divorce. A neutral investigator may assist the attorney and client in these tasks to ultimately help move the divorce along consistently with the trial objectives and presumptions in property and custody statutes. In the past, the “private” in “private investigator” has conjured up sleazy images for attorneys and litigants, evoking the thought of illegal activity. Today, private investigators use state of the art technology matched with honed observational skills and are consummate ...
July 13, 2016Adam Hayes
Any legal area that has strong political and social positions, generally corresponds with substantial law-making. Gun purchase, possession and use is one such topic that is politically charged with “positions.” While most of the laws are on-line, there is a great amount of commentary about how the law should be applied and enforced. In the firearms arms arena, there are four key myths that appear to be a great confusion for a large number of gun owners. This blog addresses these. The first is a lawfully possessed firearm can be used to scare someone away by pointing it at the wrong-doer. ...
January 19, 2016Adam Hayes
In custody matters, the best interests of the children are paramount, and the process seeks to determine who shall have physical and/or legal custody of the minor children of the parties. However, the parents are the parties to a custody matter, not children, and in fact, children’s statements are generally hearsay, and not admissible in Court under the Rules of Evidence. So, how are children heard in the judicial system? There are several ways. There was a previous presumption that a child under age ten (10) was an incompetent witness. This has been repealed (revoked) for several years. So, one way ...
June 19, 2014CD
Sex, lies and scandalous videos of celebrities fill the daily tabloid magazines and go viral on the internet. But what about you? You are not a celebrity, why does what you do in your personal life matter? Sex, lies, and scandalous videos can be very damaging to you if you find yourself embroiled in a hotly contested divorce, custody, or paternity case. Almost everyone has something “private” and often times you think you are sharing something personal with someone you are involved in a trusting relationship with. However, when the gloves come off, these types of private occurrence come to light ...
April 8, 2014CD
A National Firearms Act trust is similar to a regular trust in that its ultimate use is to transfer the trust property upon the Settlor’s death or within a specified time period thereafter. The NFA trust is unique in that the trust assets are, among other things, NFA firearms. Part of the initial funding of the trust may be, upon approval by AFTE approval, NFA firearms. These firearms are machine guns lawfully registered before the May, 1986 ban under the Firearms Owners Protection Act. The other NFA property is generally comprised of short-barrel rifles, shotguns and suppressors, which may be integral ...
March 25, 2014CD
In the past several years there has been significant discussion throughout the United States about the legalization of marijuana. In 1996, California was the first state to legalize the use of medical marijuana, since 20 more states have followed suit, including: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington DC, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington State1. In a bold move, last year, Colorado became the first state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana2. However, notably, Indiana is absent from the list. Also, bear in mind, possession and use ...
December 19, 2013CD
A central theme that runs throughout Ciyou & Dixon, P.C.’s blog posts is education--to gain an understanding about the law so that you are informed and the most effective citizen and/or legal consumer you can be. One part of this is having a voice in law making and trying to change or develop the law on the legislative front. In posts in 2011, Ciyou & Dixon blogged about legislative issues arising within and potentially impacting its practice areas, which includes weapons and firearms, such as Indiana’s consideration and, ultimate adoption of, controversial Indiana Senate Bill 292. This Bill, now law, re-balanced and ...
January 7, 2012CD
At Ciyou & Dixon, P.C., we frequently receive questions from our clients and the general public about Indiana’s self-defense laws, given our practice area covering firearms law. A number of legal concepts applicable to the use of deadly force are well developed. This blog post starts with these. First, Indiana’s self-defense statutes have long provided a legal justification for the use of deadly force in three (3) factual circumstances: To prevent serious bodily injury or death. To prevent a forcible felony (there is a separate provision for hijacking of aircraft, but this is a forcible felony). To prevent or terminate the other person’s unlawful ...
July 7, 2011CD