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Dual-licensing: a new approach to adoption

When it comes to child adoption in America, each state contains different guidelines and agencies. Regardless of state, however, adoptions may be either domestic or from other countries. Similar to many states, Indiana encourages those interested in qualifying for adoption to also apply for the license to foster.

Ex parte orders explained

As a single or divorced father in Indianapolis, your nightmare scenario may be having your custody or visitation agreement modified or terminated without notice. While some may tell you that this is impossible, many of the clients that we here at Schembs Law has assisted in the past have faced this scenario. The court may, depending on the circumstances of your case, decide to issue an ex parte order. This is essentially an emergency ruling made at the request of another for which you do not have to be notified of prior to being put into effect. Understanding when such orders may be issued may help you in challenging one that has been requested in your case.

Examining custodial rights for unmarried fathers

Most may assume the matter of child custody in Indianapolis to be fairly cut-and-dry: when parents separate, both the father and the mother have equal custodial rights. Yet what if you are not married to your child’s mother? Many men come to us here at Schembs Law after having separated from their children’s mothers wondering what sort of custody rights they may have. The answer is often not an easy one. There are, however, methods through which you may be granted such a benefit.

Alimony in Indiana

When couples in Indianapolis divorce, concerns may immediately arise over how each side will be able to support him or herself. Most may assume that in these situations, alimony may be awarded. In certain cases, they would be right; after all, census information shared by Forbes shows that as recently as 2014, 400,000 Americans receive some form of spousal support. Alimony laws in Indiana, however, are somewhat unique.

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