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    What Happens if We Reconcile

    Last updated 4 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 12 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 22 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. 

    Latest News Regarding Same Sex Marriage in Indiana

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Have you heard the news? Earlier today, June 26, 2014, a federal judge ruled that the ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional! 

    Read more about it here or at here

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