Divorce Lawyers (Indiana & Kentucky)
Representing Family and Domestic Law Clients
The prospect of divorce scares just about everyone. Divorce is not fun, even though it may be necessary. But what makes it so terrifying is the unknown, all the unanswered questions that keep you awake at night.
Whether you’ve already decided it’s time to file for divorce, or you just want the security of knowing your options, we’re here for you. We can tell you what to expect, how long this should take, give you the answers you need, and then work with you to build the best plan to help you and your family get through this tumultuous time.
A lot of decisions need to be made involving family, money, possessions, who lives where, and scores of other big and small items must be settled in a relatively short time. Many can have long-lasting effects. To protect your interests and quality of life, it is important to choose a lawyer who listens to you, understands your needs, can give you good options, then competently implements your decisions.
Our initial consultations are always free. We can explain the process, answer your most urgent questions, and begin preparing you for the big decisions which await. And we do it with tact and diplomacy.
Did you know that Most Divorce Cases are Never Tried in Court?
At least three in four divorces don’t wind up being litigated. We are part of your negotiating team, working with other attorneys, under the supervision of the court, to reach agreement on the final details. Essentially, we “do the deal.” You benefit from a legal team which can represent your interests on issues like child custody, visitation, child support, and division of assets.
Because of the emotions involved and constant changes in the law itself, family law cases can be some of the most challenging for any firm. Overwrought parents (and grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.), angry couples who’ve grown used to fighting, and confused children who are caught in the middle are just a few of the issues we deal with on a regular basis.
But there’s another side of the coin. Family law isn’t always full of fear and angst. We feel privileged to help with adoptions, represent mothers in receiving child support, and work with couples who negotiate mutually agreeable settlements, allowing them to positively move to the next stage of their lives. Divorce, like everything else in life, is what you make of it.
The family law aspects we help our clients with include:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Child visitation
- Military divorce representation
- Division of assets
- Adoption and stepparent adoption
Contested and uncontested divorces—negotiation, mediation, or litigation
In an uncontested divorce, a couple agrees on all terms and conditions of the divorce. Contested divorces are just the opposite — there are disputes over issues such as custody, finances, or property division. But many couples with differences want to resolve them amicably, without a courtroom battle. In such cases, we help with negotiated or mediated settlements.
But then there’s that one-in-four case destined for the courtroom, when there’s so much conflict that only a family court judge can resolve the situation. Experienced trial lawyers on your New Albany legal team deliver the support and expertise you need during litigation. Whatever method of dissolution serves your purpose, we protect your parental and spousal rights and work for the most favorable outcome.
Over the past decades, a movement advocating grandparents’ rights has gained traction. Today, in many states, grandparents can win visitation and even custody of their grandchildren – when circumstances warrant, and it is in the best interests of the child. But laws governing grandparent rights vary from state to state:
- Indiana restricts grandparent visitation and requires that a parent be divorced, deceased, or that paternity be established for children born out of wedlock. When both parents are living and married to each other, the court does not hear requests for grandparent visitation.
- While Kentucky limits grandparent visitation based on whether the parent is deceased, additionally the grandparent must have provided child support to the grandchild. When adoption occurs, grandparents lose rights of visitation unless the person adopting the child is a stepparent with no termination of parental rights.
Continued Legal Support
Once a divorce is granted, that’s not necessarily the end of things. As circumstances change, we continue to provide families follow-up legal help if modification of custody, support, or visitation is needed. We also help families wishing to adopt, to succeed through private, agency, or international adoption.
Regardless of your needs, we can fashion our boutique of family law services to effectively serve you. You are invited to discuss your family law concerns confidentially during a free consultation. Call 812-725-8224 or contact us online today to schedule an appointment.