How Much Does It Cost for Divorce in Indiana?

How Much Does It Cost for Divorce in Indiana?

The cost of a divorce depends on the number of contested issues involved and the complexity of those issues. Disagreements between the parties to a divorce can cause additional attorney fees, discovery costs, and miscellaneous expenses. This blog explores the cost of divorce in Indiana and how a party can keep that cost to a […]

What Makes an Appellate Brief Effective in Indiana?

What Makes an Appellate Brief Effective in Indiana?

Effective brief writing is not alchemy, voodoo, luck, or any combination of these. Nevertheless, good brief writing is the subject of debate and some disagreement between the appellate bar and the various Indiana appellate judges (judges on the Court of Appeals of Indiana and justices on the Indiana Supreme Court.) Nevertheless, there are commonalities to […]

What Is a Temporary Child Custody Order in Indiana?

What Is a Temporary Child Custody Order in Indiana?

All states have a waiting, or cooling off, period which does not allow divorcing couples to finalize their divorce for a specific amount of time. The cooling off period is meant to not only dissuade a party from filing for divorce out of anger, but to decrease court congestion. Oftentimes, parties with children need a […]

How Difficult Is It to Get a Divorce in Indiana?

How Difficult Is It to Get a Divorce in Indiana?

In Indiana, it is relatively easy to get a divorce compared to some states.  Indiana only has a sixty (60) “day cooling” off period and then the parties can get divorced. In some states, the parties have to wait a year to get a divorce.   That said, a marriage is a union that was never […]

In Indiana, Who Has Custody of a Child When There Is No Court Order?

In Indiana, Who Has Custody of a Child When There Is No Court Order?

Children are not born with court orders saying who has custody, nor does the court rush an order over to the hospital. As long as both parents live with and raise the child together, or mother raises the child alone with father’s consent, the lack of a court order is not a problem. But what […]

What Makes an Appellate Court Attorney ‘Good’?

What Makes an Appellate Court Attorney ‘Good’?

One measure most litigants want to use to gauge their potential appellate attorney is by asking how many cases they have won or lost. No appellate attorney knows the answer to this question. The rules are too broad in what the Court of Appeals of Indiana can grant to allow an attorney with many appeals […]

How Easy Is It to Change Custody in Indiana?

While kids are resilient, judges do not like to move them around in their physical custody arrangement without a significant reason to do so (nor does the controlling statute allow judges to do so). The custodial parent is the parent the children spend the primary amount of time with, so the thought of changing physical […]

How to Quicken My Divorce Proceedings in Indiana?

No one want to experience pain—and we will do just about anything to make it go away. Divorce is a painful, painful process. While it is mental pain, this type of pain is not much different and may be worse than physical pain. That said, a question often posed to divorce attorneys is how to […]

Who Pays Appellate Lawyers in Indiana?

Who Pays Appellate Lawyers?

Indiana adopted English common law as it’s law. Under English Common law, the losing party paid all the legal fees. Indiana rejected this part of English Common Law and adopted what has become known as the American Rule. Whereby each party pays their own fees unless a statute provides otherwise. The Divorce and Paternity Acts […]

What Are the Child Custody Laws in Indiana?

What Are the Child Custody Laws in Indiana?

For the most part, domestic law, including child custody laws, are similar amongst the fifty (50) states. That said, there are differences that can be significant. For instance, Indiana does not have common-law marriage. Texas does. In Indiana, you cannot get alimony. In California, the court can award alimony. Perhaps the biggest difference between Indiana […]