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Family Law Lawyers in Fishers - (317) 969-8000

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Conventionally, criminal defense, and personal injury are not considered part of family law. The traditional understanding of legal issues comprising family law include:

  • Divorce – Contested and Uncontested Divorce
  • Family Relocation - Moving with Child
  • Child Custody - Joint, Primary, and Sole Custody
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Guardianship – A parent's rights to raise children
  • Paternity - Establishing father's rights
  • Parenting Time - Holiday, school breaks, vacations, and weekends
  • Property Division - Retirement, Home, Automobiles, Business
  • Visitation - Rights of siblings and grandparents
  • Name Change - During divorce or anytime
  • Legal Separation - Separate maintenance, post-nuptial agreement
  • Domestic Violence - Abuse of spouse and, Abuse of children
  • Child Abuse - Molestation, torture, and alienation
  • Parental Alienation – Subtle and overt

Fishers Family Law Attorneys with Compassion, Strength, Professionalism

When choosing a family law attorney in Fishers people look for a lawyer who really cares, who is compassionate and understanding, who will treat them with respect and dignity, who is discreet and professional, and who has the strength required to protect their interests. They also want a Fishers family law lawyer who is upfront and honest and who can accomplish the goal effectively.

Fishers family law attorneys Jill and JR Emerson enjoy these talents and more. They are not only focused on resolving your current legal issue, they will refer you to services that may help you avoid future legal problems.

Fishers Family Law Attorneys FAQ's

Can I ask an attorney questions concerning my situation over the phone?

Yes. Call (317) 969-8000 to speak with a Fishers family law attorney today.

Do you provide in-person free consultations?

Just give us a call and we will schedule an in-person or Zoom FREE Initial Consultation. This does not require you to hire us.

Should I represent myself without a Fishers family law lawyer?

You certainly can represent yourself, but you will have to comply will all of the rules of the court. It can be quite daunting.

How long does it take to get divorced?

Indiana, has a mandatory 60 day waiting period. If you and your spouse agree on all terms it can be done at the sixty day mark. If you cannot agree, it will take much longer.

Do I have to move out of my home?

NO. Unless

(1) You have been ordered by the court, or
(2) You and your attorney have concluded that moving out makes sense in your situation.
Call JR Emerson before making the decision to move out of the marital home or any other important decision that will affect the outcome of your divorce and life ahead.

Can my wife/ex-wife move away with the kids?

Yes, if she has permission from the other spouse or court order, it is possible to move away. However, this is hardly ever in the best interests of the children which are the standard the court uses in making nearly all determinations involving a child.

How will the Judge calculate Child Support?

Here is a link to a Child Support Calculator offered by the State of Indiana, child support calculator. Please use this only as an estimate. Attorney JR Emerson is ready to help you investigate the potential sources of reducing your child support obligation.

How is a legal Legal Separation different from a Divorce?

If you are Legally Separated, you are still married. There may be financial considerations which keep a couple from desiring a divorce. Perhaps, a spouse needs to remain on the health insurance plan. In Indiana a Legal Separation is only good for 1 year and must be renewed. Additionally, a Legal Separation DOES NOT require a 60 day waiting period. Divorce in Indiana does require a 60 day waiting, or cooling off, period. Once the Judge signs off on your divorce you are single.

Is Mediation a good idea?

Mediation might just be the trick to get you and your soon-to-be ex on the same page with your divorce or child custody case. However, before you make the decision to mediate, negotiate, or litigate your divorce, you should consult an attorney. Furthermore, you should consult an attorney before you reach a full settlement or sign an agreement. Having a plan of attack provides you with the best chance of reaching your goals, but it most likely save you money and reduce your stress.

Will the court really split our property in half?

Indiana has a “one pot” theory. This means that all property owned at the time of the divorce by the husband, wife, or both, is in the pot and subject to division. This includes assets and liabilities (so bills are included). However, this presumption can be overcome by showing the court that you owned the property in question prior to the marriage. There may be times where an unequal division would work in your favor. As such, it is important to investigate the financial and tax consequences of this division.

What will the judge look at to decide child custody?

Judges have broad discretion, meaning that they can look at lots of different things, in making custody decisions. However, the key term you will hear when a child is involved is “the best interest of the child.” In Indiana, it is generally in the best interest of the child to have continuing and regular contact with both parents. However, this decision is based on the facts of each individual case. If there is an issue of child custody, you should speak with a family law attorney in Fishers before any final decision is in place.