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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 fear the loss of all contact. If this your situation, an open adoption may be the best solution for you, your child and the adoptive parents. 

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 sponsored through their employers is included in such assets. As such accounts are funded from their income, the contributions made to them when people are married are considered marital property. Yet given the tax implications inherit with retirement accounts, one might wonder a 401k is divided up between parties during a divorce. 

Dispelling common myths about alimony

Many in Indianapolis may have a number of misconceptions about alimony (or, as Indiana state law calls it, "spousal maintenance"), chief among them being the ideas that alimony is automatically awarded in any divorce case, and that it is always awarded to the wife. This misunderstanding may come from the notion that alimony is in some way meant to be punitive towards the spouse who makes the most money, or the one whose actions contributed to the end of a marriage. In reality, alimony is simply meant to be a temporary means of financial support

Why should I establish paternity?

If you have a child and were not married to his or her mother, then you should consider establishing paternity. Legally making a claim of being the father of a child in Indiana affords you specific rights to the child and also gives the child specific rights. Without established paternity, it can make it harder for you to be involved with your child and to ensure his or her needs are taken care of.

Modifying a child support obligation in Indiana

Most divorcees in Indianapolis likely have no issue paying child support. Their love for their kids (along with their desire to ensure that the kids have all that they need) often prompts such parents to want to continue to support them. However, as time passes, one's financial circumstances may change. For example, a father paying child support might see his working hours reduced, resulting in a cut to his income. How is he, then, to continue to meet his child support obligation while also supporting himself (as well as any new dependents he now may have)? 

How should you handle your summer custody schedule?

As summer arrives in Indianapolis, so too does the desire of parents to want to take advantage of the school summer break to go on vacation with their kids. Planning an extended vacation was no doubt much easier when you were still married, yet the fact that you are now divorced does not deprive you of the right to get away (with your kids in tow). The question is how do you make a vacation fit into your current custody schedule

Tax dependent status and divorce

Indiana parents who get divorced often end up with more to consider than they may have initially thought about. For many people, concerns center around when and how often they will get to see their children. Even in today's society, fathers especially need to focus on this in order to ensure that they do not get the short end of the stick here. In addition to this amount of time spent with their children contributing to positive parent-child relationships, it may also have financial ramifications for dads.

Single mothers in indiana and the options

The meaning of divorce can vary depending on a wide range of factors. Some Indiana families jump easily over the obstacles of finding a new home, completing mounds of paperwork, dividing assets, and in many cases, taking care of children. But some experience months, and even years, of distress. The issue of child support may always be a controversial one, but support in regards to single mothers is a relatively new focus in the public eye. 

Understanding who covers the kids' healthcare costs

The emotions felt between divorcing couples in Indianapolis tend to run high give the circumstances surrounding the termination of their marriages. Yet despite any negative feelings they may have towards their ex-spouses, divorcing dads still typically maintain a strong love for their kids. It is that same love that buoys them in their efforts to offer continued support to their children. One area of support that must be considered is their kids' ongoing healthcare needs. Information shared by Becker's Hospital Review shows that as recently as 2014, $3 trillion was spent on healthcare in the U.S. The need to cover children's healthcare expenses is apparent; the question is who is primarily responsible for it following a divorce? 

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