Indianapolis Divorce Attorneys
Divorce (referred to as dissolution in Indiana law) is a complicated process. Ending a marriage involves the spouses coming to agreement on very emotionally-charged issues: finances and the well-being of their children. The divorce process is never easy, even when both parties are inclined to agree on these issues. When the two parties are not inclined to agree, the process can be very difficult.
In helping you to navigate through a divorce, the skilled Indianapolis divorce attorneys of Haggerty, Haggerty, and Maschmeyer have not only knowledge of family law, but also practical experience in guiding clients through the tough decisions and sensitive negotiations that need to be made.
Division of property
Marital property is all assets and debts acquired before and after your marriage. In Indiana, courts seek to divide marital property equitably, or fairly. Courts presume that an equal division of marital assets is just and reasonable.
However, you may show the court evidence that an equal division would not be just and reasonable. Some of the factors that the court considers in an equitable division of property are:
- Earnings and earning ability of each spouse
- Contributions each spouse made in acquiring marital property
- How much of the property was acquired before the marriage by inheritance or gift
Child custody and visitation
In making decisions on child custody, courts consider the best interest of the child. The court examines many different factors when considering either joint or sole custody, including:
- The wishes of the parents
- The wishes of the child, if the child is at least 14 years old
- Ability of the child to adjust to home, school, and community
The non-custodial parent usually has visitation rights. After the judge signs the child custody order and it is filed with the court, both parents are bound by it.
An Indiana court may order one or both parents to pay reasonable child support. The decision of the court on child support is based on all relevant factors, including:
- Financial resources of both the custodial parent and non-custodial parent
- Standard of living had the parents not divorced
- Educational needs of the child
- Mental and physical condition of the child
The court may order alimony (called maintenance in Indiana law) for a spouse who cannot be self-supporting due to a physical or mental incapacity, or who cannot work due to the needs of a disabled child.
A court can also order temporary alimony while the divorce is pending, and/or rehabilitative maintenance to help a spouse obtain the education or skills needed to go back to work.
Contact collaborative, experienced divorce attorneys in Indianapolis
The law firm of Haggerty, Haggerty, and Maschmeyer has served central Indiana residents for over 50 years. Our Indianapolis divorce lawyers have many years of experience in successfully representing divorce cases. We also offer mediation services for those seeking to reach a divorce settlement outside of court. Our Indianapolis divorce law firm is conveniently located near downtown Indianapolis. We offer a free, brief initial telephone consultation with one of our law partners. If you need a seasoned attorney on your side to ensure that your divorce case is handled fairly, contact the law firm of Haggerty, Haggerty, and Maschmeyer to discuss your case.