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Custody dispute continues to prove costly

Many in Indianapolis may often ask how is it that divorce cases can become so expensive. This question no doubt arises from the assumption that when a couple chooses to divorce, they often want to everything needed to end their associations with each other. Yet oftentimes it may not be that easy. Disputes over child custody and support can go on for years, during which time those involved in them can accrue massive legal bills. Even divorce settlements and custody agreements are finalized, divorced couples may still have to continue to work together and support each other in fulfilling their custody and support arrangements. 

Back-to-school time and coparenting

The freedom that can come with the long, lazy days of summer often seems to come to an end too soon, at least for school-aged children. For their parents, however, the back-to-school season can often be a welcome thing as the school year provides a nice cadence of structure to their children's lives. While this can be true for divorced parents these moms and dads may face special challenges when trying to help their kids prepare for the summer-to-school transition.

Apps may aid co-parenting

If you are getting divorced from your spouse in Indiana and you have young children together, you are no doubt wondering how in the world you will be able to work together to raise your kids when you could not find a way to stay married. Certainly, coparenting can be a challenge for divorced couples regardless of how long they have been divorced but especially for newly divorced people. 

Cars collide in custody dispute

Feuding couples looking to get a divorce in Indianapolis may think that such an action effectively ends their associations with each other. However, that may rarely be the case. If a couple has children together, then they may have to continue to work together to sort out the issue of child custody. Given the level of emotion that the parties in a divorce case already may feel towards each other (coupled with the love that both may have for their children), it may be easy to see why child custody cases can become so contentious. The hope is that parents can keep such contention between themselves and not involve the kids.

Modifying your custody schedule

The hardest part of being a divorced dad in Indianapolis is the limited access you may have to your kids. From many on the outside looking in, your decision to get a divorce reflects an change in your attitude towards your entire family. What they do not understand is that while your feelings towards your children's mother may have changes, your love for them has not. Thus, you continually remain as protective of as you were prior to your divorce. That sense of duty to protect has prompted may to come to us here at Schembs Law question whether they can modify their custody or visitation agreements. If you have similar concerns about your kids, you'll be happy to learn that you can. 

College student aid and financial reporting

Divorced parents in Indiana who have kids preparing to go off to college in the next few years should understand how higher education financial aid is applied for and which parent's financial details must be provided. As explained by Fast Web, students will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid in order to be eligible for many scholarships, grants, student loans or work study programs.

Parenting with your ex during the holidays

If you are a divorced dad in Indiana, the approaching holiday season may be one of your least favorite of the year. Even as society begins to change its views, fathers can still end up feeling like they get the short end of the stick when it comes to spending time with their children. This is never good, lest of all during treasured family events and traditions.

Courts put child first in relocation plans after divorce

Relocating after a divorce in Indiana means another big change for the child who splits time between his parents' separate homes. But sometimes it cannot be avoided. For parents and children facing this issue, HuffPost offers several points for consideration.

Reviewing Indiana's holiday custody schedule

With the onset of fall in Indianapolis comes the anticipation of the upcoming holiday season. However, many may not look forward to this time of year as others do (particularly divorced dads). Holidays are a time to be spent with family, and when one does not have consistent access to his kids during this season, feelings of isolation are often a constant companion. Indeed, according to information shared by Psychology Today, Christmas and its neighboring holidays produce the highest incidence rates of depression.

What you need to know about Indiana child custody laws

Indiana adopted the Uniform Child Custody Act  in 1977. Under this Act, joint custody is an option for divorced parents; grandparents have visitation rights; and the preferences of children age 11 or older are taken into consideration during child custody hearings.

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