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    Child Custody Mistakes to Avoid

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Divorce is often difficult for everyone involved—particularly young children. Within a short period of time, children must cope with not having one of their parents around as much as they may be used to, and may even become the center of a child custody battle. During the divorce process, you and your spouse must  keep your child’s best interests in mind when considering a custody agreement. Here are a few mistakes you should avoid.

    Not Settling on a Custody Order
    Some spouses settle on a no-fault divorce and simply neglect to include a custody agreement. While this may seem like a good idea in the short run, it can lead to numerous problems in the future. For example, the non-custodial parent might demand custody at a later date, embroiling everyone in a difficult legal battle.   

    Lying About Your Circumstances
    Judges consider a number of factors when determining how to award custody, including each parent’s income, living arrangements, and even lifestyle habits. If you lie about your circumstances in an effort to receive custody, it is likely that your untruthfulness will backfire and you will not be awarded custody.  

    Denying Parenting Time Rights
    Generally speaking, the non-custodial parent has the right to spend time with his or her child. If you deny your ex-spouse’s visitation rights, you will only make matters worse. That said, sometimes a parent develops habits and addictions that are dangerous to a child.  If this happens, you can ask the court to limit parenting time with that parent or that any time spent with that parent be supervised.

    Neglecting to Hire an Attorney
    Child custody is often a very complicated matter, and can be difficult for two angry ex-spouses to resolve themselves. A divorce attorney can carefully examine your case and help you settle on a custody and visitation agreement that works for you and your child.

    A divorce lawyer from Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C. can help you avoid common child custody mistakes and get through the divorce process. Our attorneys have earned numerous awards and designations throughout their careers, and Mike Ruppert and Paula Schaefer have been included  on the Indiana Super Lawyers list. Call our Indianapolis office at (317) 660-8243 to schedule an appointment.

    What Happens if We Reconcile

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Getting a divorce is a huge decision that will have a major impact on your life. Since most divorce proceedings last several weeks or months, you and your spouse may decide that you do not want to go through with the divorce process.

    If you and your spouse decide that you want to stay married, you must ask the court to dismiss the petition for divorce before the final order is signed. If your divorce has already been finalized, it is likely that the divorce cannot be undone. You can, however, get remarried if you so choose.

    If you have any questions about the divorce process, call Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C. at (317) 660-8243. Our Indianapolis divorce attorneys have over 70 years of combined experience. 

    Congratulations to Ruppert and Schaeffer's Megan Lewis for completing over 300 hours of pro bono work!

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    Grandparents May Seek Visitation Rights

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Grandparents may seek visitation rights with their grandchildren under several different conditions:

    • The child’s parent (who is also the grandparents’ child) is deceased
    • The child’s parents were divorced in Indiana
    • The child was born out of wedlock (and father’s paternity has been established in the case of paternal grandparents)

    There is a presumption that if a parent denies or limits visitation between a child and a grandparent, that decision is in the child’s best interest.  The grandparent must overcome that presumption by showing that visitation with the child is in the child’s best interest.  A court may consider whether a grandparent has had, or has tried to have, meaningful contact with the child in the past. Also, the court may interview the child regarding the request for grandparent visitation.

    If the parents’ divorce happened outside of Indiana, either paternal or maternal grandparents my seek visitation rights in Indiana if the custody decree entered in the other state does not specifically prohibit it and Indiana would otherwise have the jurisdiction to grant the visitation.

    Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C. can help you navigate this complicated area of law. To discuss your questions or concerns, call to schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys at (317) 660-8243. 

    Meet the Attorneys of Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C.

    Last updated 28 days ago

    If you are planning on getting a divorce, you should hire a compassionate lawyer with plenty of experience. At the law office of Ruppert & Schaefer, PC, we have four lawyers who have proven themselves to be capable negotiators and successful litigators.

    Lainie A. Hurwitz received her law degree at the University of Dayton School of Law in 1998, and was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Law and Politics Magazine from 2009-2012. Megan M. Lewis received her law degree from Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, and is a proud recipient of the Norman Lefstein Award of Excellence for providing more than 200 hours of pro bono (free) legal services. Michael G. Ruppert has been practicing law since 1978, and Paula J. Schaefer has been practicing law since 1994. Both Ruppert and Schaefer have been recognized as Indiana Super Lawyers for multiple years.

    If you would like to schedule an appointment with any of the above attorneys, call Ruppert & Schaefer, PC at (317) 660-8243. We can help protect your interests during your divorce so you can emerge from the process in good shape. 

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