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Child Custody and Indiana Law

When Indiana child custody attorneys refer to custody, they are actually referring to two distinct concepts. These concepts are quite different from one another.  When a parent is granted legal custody in Indiana, that means that they have the power to make key decisions on behalf of the child. This includes determining where the child...

Establishing Paternity in Indiana

Do you believe you are the father of a child and want to gain parenting rights over the child? Is a mother claiming that a child is yours when you don’t believe it is? If so, you have rights under Indiana law. For fathers who want to establish legal rights over a child, such as...

What is the Means Test in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Indiana?

In Indiana, any individual filing for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 must show that they do not have the means to repay their debts. There are two ways to do this. If you make below the state median for your household size, then you automatically pass the means test and can file under Chapter 7. Higher-earning...

Alimony and Spousal Support Laws in Indiana

Alimony is traditionally a payment made from one spouse to another to support them during and after a divorce. Alimony laws were originally written during a time when women lacked property rights. Alimony was used as a means of leveling the playing field and allowing a woman to support herself after the divorce. In the...

Should I Approach My Partner About a Prenuptial Agreement?

While prenuptial agreements are often associated with the very rich, the truth is that they are becoming more commonplace among middle-class couples and ordinary folk across the U.S. Marriage is essentially a contract between two people to combine their financial resources and operate as a single entity. While that is patently reductive, and there is,...

Understanding Property Division in an Indiana Divorce

As part of your divorce settlement, you will need to divide the marital estate. This not only includes assets, bank accounts, and money, but it also includes any debts that were incurred during the marriage. The marital estate includes any property owned by both spouses jointly. This includes real estate, cars, valuable assets, retirement accounts,...

The Impact of Drug and Alcohol Abuse on Child Custody Cases in Indiana

Generally speaking, the Indiana courts favor situations in which both parents have custody and access to the children. In other words, the courts assume that it is in the child’s best interests to have both parents play a role in the children’s lives. In order to deviate from this presumption, the courts must find evidence...

Understanding Divorce Mediation in Indiana

Divorce mediation is an alternative form of dispute resolution that involves a neutral third party who assists a divorcing couple in reaching a divorce agreement. In some counties, divorce mediation is mandatory for contested divorces. The couple must at least try mediation prior to asking the court to intervene on their behalf. The mediation process...

What Constitutes Bankruptcy Fraud?

Committing fraud during bankruptcy can result in serious consequences. You can be denied a bankruptcy discharge, fined, or even face criminal charges. Filing for bankruptcy is an honest way to gain a fresh start. However, you must play by the rules. Any dishonesty during the bankruptcy process could rise to the level of fraud. Indiana...

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