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How do the holiday’s affect parenting time with my child?

As the holiday season approaches, many parents and families may be wondering how parenting time will be affected by the holiday season. You may have an order issued by the court which states how holidays are to be divided. However, in many cases, Courts may adopt the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines to determine holiday parenting time. In order to help establish an equal and balanced schedule, Indiana has outlined special guidance for holiday parenting time….

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Do I Have to Go to Court to Get Divorced?

Going to court can be an uncomfortable and intimidating experience for many people.  Not only have most people who are going through a divorce never been in a courtroom in their life, but being in a formal setting being questioned by another attorney and having a judge make a ruling that will impact divorce spouse’s children and finances can make for an uneasy situation. Luckily, there are options available to help avoid divorcing spouses from…

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Can I Get Grandparent Visitation with My Grandkids?

Parents in divorce cases or in a paternity case generally will receive an order from the court that outlines what their parenting time (commonly known as visitation) with their children will be.  But what about grandparents?  Are grandparents entitled to seek a court order to permit them to receive a visitation schedule with their grandchildren?  What Situations Enable a Grandparent to Seek Visitation? In Indiana, grandparents are permitted to seek visitation rights in three separate…

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What Is Summer Parenting Time and How Does It Work?

Posted in On July 6, 2023

As a parent, a difficult question is posed when the summer months roll around over how parents in separate households will schedule summer parenting time.  Pursuant to the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines, summer vacation begins the day after school is let out for summer break and ends the day before the new school year is back in session. How is summer parenting time decided? Summer parenting time is dictated by your Court Order.  Oftentimes, but…

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When Can I Modify My Child Support?

Posted in On May 12, 2023

In paternity cases and dissolution of marriage cases involving unemancipated children, your court will likely order that one of the parents will have to pay child support to the other parent.  However, as with most child related issues, child support can be modified.  And so, when can that be accomplished? In Indiana, child support can only be modified in two circumstances.  One is when there has been a substantial change of circumstances that is continuing…

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Do I Need Preliminary Orders While My Divorce is Ongoing?

Posted in On March 23, 2023

When you file for a dissolution of marriage in Indiana, the Court will not grant the dissolution immediately.  At minimum, at least sixty days need to pass from the date the action is initiated to the date the Court is able to finalize the dissolution.  More often than not, the case will take longer than sixty days, sometimes lasting months or even longer than a year.  If you and your spouse are able to navigate…

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Can I Move If I Have Custody Of My Kids

A common question comes up during and after a custody case:  Am I allowed to move out of state if I have custody of my kids?  The answer is, not surprisingly, it depends.  In Indiana, relocating when there is an ongoing custody case or following a custody case is governed by the state statutes. In the last few years, the Indiana legislature has updated the law to make the requirements on a relocating parent less…

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Custody: How Does a Court Decide

In Indiana, when parents are in a custody dispute, the Court has to make a decision that will impact their children and each of the parents’ relationship with their children.  Specifically, the Court will issue an order that will cover the custody of the children.  That order will include a ruling as it relates to legal custody and physical custody. When the Court talks about legal custody, the Court is talking about decision making on…

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