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The Great Recession & Weakening Bonds of Matrimony

Mirroring the trajectory of our economy, the national divorce rate hit a 40-year low in 2009, but has since gone up for the three following years, reaching a total of 2.4 million divorces in 2012. According to Bloomberg News, this upward trend will continue, and is attributable to a brighter economic outlook across America. Merely a...

Some of the Most Costly Divorces in the U.S.

Divorce is never easy and almost always comes with a sense of loss of life as you previously knew it. Divorce may cost a former spouse time with their children, property, and, of course, money. Most property acquired during the marriage will be divided in divorce in an equitable manner that is “just and right.”...

Bill Before Senate Will Expedite Divorces in Domestic Violence Cases

On January 7, 2014, House Representative Chuck Moseley, a Democrat from District 10, introduced Indiana House Bill 1014, which would permit courts to expedite final hearings in divorce cases that involve domestic violence. The Bill passed unanimously out of the House, and was sent to the Senate for further action on February 3, 2014. The Bill...
Snow in Danville and Avon

Legal Duty for Snow Removal on Sidewalks

We have had a lot of snow here in Indiana.  With the cold temperatures it makes it tough to keep your sidewalks clean.  At least here on the square of Danville, not everyone is keeping their sidewalks clean.  In fact some just plane can’t; because of the cold temperatures salt won’t melt the ice.  So...

Criminal Sentencing Reform to Begin in Indiana in July

Last year, the Indiana General Assembly passed House Enrolled Act 1006, a criminal sentencing reform act that rewrote the felony portion of Indiana’s criminal code.  House Enrolled Act 1006 was authored by Hendricks County own Greg Steuerwald. The Act will lessen sentences for some felonies while strengthening them for others. The General Assembly is currently in...

Grandmother Fights Indiana Department of Child Services for Custody

On the evening of Wednesday, January 8th, 2014, a devastating fire ripped through a Hammond house and took the lives of three young children. The father of the children, Andrew Young, suffered severe injuries. Mr. Young, who was home at the time of the fire, attempted to save his children’s lives. Sadly, however, when firefighters arrived...

Reviewing Your Credit Report after Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Discharge

A lot of time clients that file chapter 7 bankruptcy in Indiana ask me what they need to do to after receiving their bankruptcy discharge to insure that all their debt was discharged.   I always state (with some exceptions not addressed in this article) if we listed the debt on your chapter 7 bankruptcy petition...

What Happens if the Parties to a Divorce Cannot Agree?

In Indiana, a conviction for a crime as a juvenile can be serious, and the consequences can be long-lasting. In addition to possible jail time, a juvenile felony conviction can require that the person convicted disclose such fact on employment applications. A conviction can even disqualify a person for many types of employment.