Can You Get a Divorce Without a Lawyer in Indiana? If So, How?

The theoretical answer to this question is “yes”. You could also pull your teeth out instead of going to a dentist or suture your own wounds without a doctor. However, all of these would be painful (like a divorce) and difficult and probably cause unforeseeable problems down the road. That said, getting a divorce without […]

What Are the Types of Child Custody in Indiana?

What Are the Types of Child Custody?

As an outsider to the legal world, child custody may seem obvious—it is which parent gets the child during the pendency of the divorce and permanently when the divorce is final. While this is generally true, the types of child custody are much more expansive. If you are going to divorce, it is imperative that […]

What Is the Appellate Process in Indiana?

What Is the Appellate Process?

In general terms, the appellate process is nothing more than having your trial court final order reviewed by a higher Court. This is a right, and the appeal is taken to the Indiana Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals of Indiana is located in Indianapolis and is comprised of fifteen (15) judges. The appellate […]

In Indiana State Trial Court, When Can a Losing Party Appeal?

In Indiana State Trial Court, When Can a Losing Party Appeal?

Unlike some states with a low overall population, Indiana is large enough and fortunate enough to have an intermediate appellate court: the Court of Appeals of Indiana.1 The court of last resort, or highest court in Indiana, is the Indiana Supreme Court. A party who loses can take his case as a matter of right […]

What Is the “Cooling Off” Period in an Indiana Divorce Case?

What Is the “Cooling Off” Period in a Divorce Case

Having children, who will grow up and become productive members of society, is a favored public policy in Indiana. For this reason, a party just cannot file a case one day and get divorced the next. In every state, there is a “cooling off” period to see if the parties can work out their differences, […]

What Are the Grounds for Divorce in Indiana?

What Are the Grounds for Divorce in Indiana?

Indiana recognizes only four grounds for divorce or dissolution of marriage.1 The state now has one no-fault ground and three which require proof of fault. It is one of only a few states that does not recognize infidelity as a ground for divorce. This blog explores the different grounds for divorce available and why you […]

Can I Start Dating, or Do I Have to Wait Until the Divorce Is Final in Indiana?

Can I Start Dating, or Do I Have to Wait Until the Divorce Is Final?

Divorce attorneys have different views of cases and how they should be handled. This is called strategy and varies widely from attorney to attorney. That said, there is universal agreement between almost all divorce attorneys you should not date or post on social media during a divorce.  That said, there is no prohibition in the […]

Five Tips for Divorcing a Narcissist

Five Tips for Divorcing a Narcissist

We all know and understand what the official statistics say – about 1-5% of the population suffers from narcissistic personality disorder. This extreme disorder causes a person to experience a marked lack of empathy, an exaggerated yet extremely fragile ego, and a distasteful sense of entitlement. What this statistic fails to take into account is […]

Five Reasons Why Marriages Fail

Five Reasons Why Marriages Fail

When a marriage fails, it can leave you wondering what happened. Oftentimes, resentment and hurt feelings cause both spouses to blame the other for the end of the marriage. While there are times when a failed marriage can be the fault of just one party, this is generally not the case. This blog explores 5 […]

What Does It Mean When a Parent Has Sole Custody in Indiana?

What Does It Mean When a Parent Has Sole Custody

In general terms, when a person (who has been through a divorce or paternity case) says they have sole custody, they may mean they have sole physical custody of the children. What this means is that they have physical custody and the other parent gets Indiana Parenting Time Guideline time at a minimum. However, it […]