Indiana Family Lawyers with Offices in Bloomington and Indianapolis: There When You Need Us the Most
Powerful, Caring Advocates for Your Interests
Challenges come from every direction in a divorce or other family law matter – emotional, financial and legal. With so much at stake, it is critical to work with a highly-competent attorney who will be a strong, effective advocate for your interests and assure that you are supported, comfortable and well-informed.
As Indiana family lawyers, we offer a breadth of experience and many alternatives to resolve your issues, from collaborative law and mediation to litigation. Our preparation, knowledge and responsiveness make us tough advocates for our clients, as well as skilled communicators. We know how to negotiate with opposing counsel, but also represent you before a judge in a contested dispute if negotiations are not successful. We are exactly what you need in a family law attorney and you can rely on us to provide powerful, yet compassionate representation.
Our Family Law Practice Areas
Our Bloomington family lawyers have a variety of backgrounds and bring a dynamic perspective to every family law case. As a full-service family law practice, we offer assistance to clients throughout the state of Indiana in the following practice areas:
- Closely held businesses. Many closely held businesses, whether or not they are owned and managed by family members, require owners to share power or be subject to the decision making of other partners or family members who are also involved in the business. Careful planning is needed to protect the business as owners marry and have children. In addition, without an enforceable premarital agreement one spouse’s business is viewed as another asset in the marital estate that is subject to distribution upon divorce.
- Guardianships of children. When a parent cannot provide care for a child, a third party may seek custody of the child through guardianship proceedings.
- Domestic abuse and stalking. An Order of Protection is available when a family or household member harms or threatens to harm another family or household member or places a family or household member in fear of physical harm. An Order of Protection can only be entered against a non-family or non-household member if the dispute with that person involves stalking or sexual offense.
- Contested divorces. If parties cannot agree on how to divide their assets and debts or on custody and support for their children or if a spouse is entitled to support after their divorce, the issues must be presented to the trial court, who will make the final decision after considering the evidence and arguments presented by each party’s attorney.
- Negotiated divorces. Parties may amicably resolve how their assets and debts will be divided; custody, parenting time, and child support for their children; and other issues through negotiation between their attorneys or through the collaborative process and submit their settlement agreement to the trial court without the need to attend a hearing.
- Legal separation. Through an action for legal separation, a couple who is not ready to dissolve their marriage may obtain a court order dividing their assets, addressing issues of child custody, parenting time, and child support, and assigned responsibility for debts. The Decree of Legal Separation expires after one year unless it is converted to a Dissolution Decree.
- Premarital agreements. In Indiana, all of the property owned by either party, either jointly or separately at the time a divorce is filed, is part of the marital estate to be divided by the dissolution court, unless it has been designated as separate property through an agreement entered into before the marriage. Premarital agreements protect property brought into the marriage or inherited property from being distributed to the other party in a divorce.
- Paternity actions. In Indiana, if a child is born outside of marriage, the rights and responsibilities of the parents are enforced through paternity actions,
- CHINS and TPR actions. The Indiana Department of Child Services may become involved in a family through a CHINS action or an action to terminate the parents’ rights.
- Cohabitation agreements. Although Indiana does not recognize common law marriages, in the absence of a cohabitation agreement, issues may arise when unmarried people who have been living together in a long-term relationship or who own significant property together decide to terminate the relationship.
- Post-decree disputes. Post-decree actions are used to compel a former spouse to do things ordered by the court in the Dissolution Decree, including payment of child support, college expenses, and/or medical expenses, delivery of items awarded by the court, and other personal orders. Post-decree actions may also be brought to modify custody, child support, parenting time, and other orders relating to unemancipated children.
- Complex procedures must be followed to ensure an adoption is valid and cannot be challenged later.
- Same sex legal services. Same sex spouses are governed by the same laws regarding marriage, divorce, adoption, guardianships, and premarital agreements.
- Collaborative law. Collaborative Divorce Law is a relatively new option in the state of Indiana that provides an option to litigation through informal negotiation between the parties and their attorneys.
- Mediation is another alternative to litigation which assists parties in solving issues through formal negotiation.
- An appeal involves either challenging a trial court’s decision or defending it in the appellate courts.
Learn How a Bloomington and Indianapolis Family Lawyer Can Assist
With our range of backgrounds and practice proficiencies, our attorneys are available to assist clients in every family law case that enters our office in Bloomington or our office in Indianapolis. We offer convenient and flexible scheduling and a thorough initial consultation with a highly-respected member of our team. To get started, contact our Bloomington office at 812-332-5000 or our Indianapolis location at 317-453-2000.