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Family Law

Protective orders and concerns about possible perjury

Some personal relations in Indiana may become hostile and violent. The relationship could be between spouses, parents and children, and others. Regardless of the people involved, a threat may exist that leads someone to worry about his/her safety. In such situations,...

New approaches to family law reduce competition

Why is marriage such an enduring human institution? Beyond the simple need to continue the species, married people create a bond throughout their lives that is nothing like other relationships we end up having. Even family is not the same because we get to choose our...

Why parents may want to file for child support

A parent in Indiana may be hesitant to file for child support from the other parent if it means that parent will become part of the child's life. If the parents were never married, establishing paternity might be the first step to getting child support. Whether...

Dealing with pet custody

As a couple prepares to divorce in Indianapolis, both sides no doubt are prepared to go to battle over certain issues. Were most to guess what these issues are, custody of the family pet would likely not be among them. Yet information compiled by the American Academy...

The many benefits of paternity leave

Any man in Indiana who has become a father knows how dramatically this event changes their lives. The world is simply never the same again once a person moves into the role of parent. To think that society for so long tried to keep fathers out of the parenting role to...

Consider these factors before adopting steppchildren

When Indiana residents marry a person who has children, he or she may want to adopt the kids. Adoption is a big step for a blended family and there are many factors people need to consider before they take this step. There are many reasons a stepparent may want...

What is an open adoption?

You may be an expectant mother in Indiana who knows that you are unable, because of finances or some other reason, to properly care for a new baby. However, you may be reluctant to put your child up for adoption because you want to have a place in his or her life and...

401k division during divorce

Those who are the primary income earners in their homes likely go into divorce proceedings in Indianapolis understanding that they are going to have to relinquish full ownership of their marital assets. Few initially understand, however, that a 401k retirement account...