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    Your Guide to Paternity Law in Indiana

    Last updated 3 days ago

    In Indiana, paternity can be established immediately after birth up through age 20. Whether you’ve just had a baby out of wedlock or you’re going through a custody hearing in which paternity is an issue, here is what you need to know.

    What Exactly Is Paternity?
    The relationship between a father and a child is called paternity. In Indiana, when you establish paternity, you make that relationship legal. Establishing paternity provides both the father and the child with many more rights than they would have without formalizing the relationship legally.

    How Is Paternity Established?
    Within the first 72 hours of birth, paternity can be established if both parents sign a paternity affidavit from the State Department of Health. After that time, the father can complete a paternity affidavit at his local health department until the child reaches age 20. Paternity can also be established as part of a court case if a genetic test is ordered. Note that these rules apply when the father is not married to the mother. Indiana state law automatically considers a husband to be the father of a child.

    What Rights Come with Paternity?
    Establishing paternity confers a long list of rights on father and child. For fathers, it gives them standing in custody cases and the ability to provide benefits to their child, including health insurance life insurance and Social Security benefits in the event a father dies during the child’s minority. Children can benefit from the sense of identity that comes from knowing both sides of their families.

    Ruppert & Schaefer, PC can help you navigate your paternity case.  Our lawyers are committed to providing excellent family law services, including divorce, child custody, and much more. To schedule an appointment, please call (317) 660-8243.  

    Megan Lewis: 2014 Outstanding Volunteer Attorney

    Last updated 17 days ago

    Associate Megan Lewis received the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic’s 2014 Outstanding Volunteer Attorney Award at the Clinic’s Justice for All Celebration in recognition of her service to the Clinic beginning as a law clerk in 2010 and continuing as an attorney. She now serves as a program volunteer attorney for the Hoosier Veteran Assistance Foundation of Indiana which seeks to meet the legal needs of homeless veterans.

    Attorney Profile: Lainie A. Hurwitz

    Last updated 22 days ago

    At Ruppert and Schaefer, PC we are proud to be staffed with a number of dedicated and skilled professionals. One of these professionals is Lainie. Hurwitz. Keep reading for a brief background on Lainie A. Hurwitz.

    Beginning her studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Lainie A. Hurwitz earned her Bachelor of Science in Business in 1995. She then passed her bar examinations in 1998 after studying at the University of Dayton School of Law in Ohio. Ms. Hurwitz places her focus solely on family and domestic law and mediation. Lainie is also fully trained as a Collaborative Law Professional. She is a member of the Hamilton County Bar Association, the Indianapolis Bar Association, and the Indiana State Bar Association. She has been recognized by Law and Politics Magazine as a Rising Star and prior to joining Ruppert & Schaefer owned her own practice from 2002 to 2005.

    If you would like to know more about Lainie Hurwitz, contact Ruppert and Schaefer, PC or visit our website. We provide the Indianapolis area with a variety of legal services regarding families and divorces. For more information about our legal practice, feel free to give us a call at (317) 660-8243.

    What Rights do Grandparents Have After a Divorce?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Becoming a grandparent can be a very exciting time full of pride and joy. However, divorces and the ensuing child custody transition may affect the legal rights that grandparents have to see their grandchildren, and these rights may depend on several different factors. Keep reading to take a closer look at what rights grandparents have after a divorce.

    Whether a grandparent is legally allowed to see his or her grandchild depends on the visitation rights that are established after the divorce of the child’s parents. The visitation rights that are set forth are up to the lawyers or court, and they depend on the nature of the divorce; in a split custody case, all grandparents should have equal rights to see their grandchildren. Visitation rights may also be established in the case of a deceased parent or a child born to unwed parents.

    When visitation rights are in question, there are certain factors that are examined. First, it should be determined whether or not seeing his or her grandparents is in the best interest of the child in question. Grandparents can influence this decision by having a positive, pre-established relationship with the child. If a grandparent has attempted to foster a meaningful relationship, he or she is more likely to earn visitation rights.

    For more information about the rights that grandparents have after a divorce, please do not hesitate to contact Ruppert and Schaefer, PC or visit our website. We are dedicated to providing the Indianapolis area with property settlement, child custody, and other family and divorce law services. Call (317) 660-8243 if you would like to know more about our practice. If you live in the Indianapolis area, stop in and meet with us to find out more about what we can do for you today.

    Megan Lewis - An Outstanding Volunteer Attorney!

    Last updated 1 month ago

    "When asked what motivates her to volunteer at the Clinic she responded, “I have a passion for pro bono work and for supporting organizations that provide legal services to those who cannot afford it.  My primary goal is to serve veterans.  When I returned from Iraq, I had a very hard time reintegrating into civilian life and college…. The Clinic allows me to use the skills I developed as an attorney to help other veterans and those in the Indianapolis area that need assistance.  My hope is that those I assist will use their talents to help others as well.”


    Read more on the Volunteer4Justice site. 

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