Last updated 5 days ago
A healthy marriage can be highly beneficial to a couple’s emotional and physical well-being. However, according to the American Psychological Association, between 40% and 50% of marriages in the United States end in divorce. Some common reasons that couples seek divorce include a lack of trust in their partners, abuse, and changing priorities.
For many people, emotional or physical abuse in a marriage is a clear sign that the relationship is over. Other divorcing couples part ways because they discover that they each have grown in different directions. Whether the reason for divorce is abuse or changing life goals, couples typically end marriages because they believe it is the healthiest decision.
The divorce lawyers at Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C. can help you learn how to file for divorce in Indianapolis. To schedule a consultation or to learn more, take a look at our website or give us a call at (317) 660-8243.
Last updated 15 days ago
Every state has its own established rules on calculating child support. However, in each state, the courts consider the child’s financial needs, the non-custodial parent’s ability to support the child, and the child’s expected standard of living. As a result, the amount of child support determined in each divorce case varies according to the parents’ respective incomes and the standard of living they enjoyed while married.
Calculating Child Support Based on Income
Some states only consider the non-custodial parent’s income when calculating child support payments, while other states take both incomes into consideration. The guidelines for determining a parent’s responsibility in paying extra living expenses such as college tuition, daycare, or extracurricular activities are different in each state. In the state of Indiana, the courts look at both parents’ incomes to determine the share each parent should pay for the child’s living expenses.
Refusing to Pay Child Support
If the non-custodial parent refuses to pay child support, the court may garnish his or her wages. However, wage garnishment is not possible if the non-custodial parent does not maintain the same employment. In this case, a judge could sentence the non-custodial parent to jail for failing to pay his or her child support. In addition, government agencies in each state can suspend the non-custodial parent’s driver’s license, revoke his or her professional license, or seize his or her income tax refunds.
Modifying Child Support
A non-custodial parent can petition the court to modify his or her child support obligations if there is a legitimate reason why he or she cannot make payments. At the same time, the custodial parent can petition the court to increase the non-custodial parent’s child support obligations if financial circumstances change.
For more information about child custody and child support laws in Indiana, schedule a consultation with Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C. We are an Indianapolis law firm that can help with family law matters, including divorce and child custody. You can reach our office by calling (317) 660-8243.
Last updated 1 month ago
When the parents of a child are not married, it may become necessary to involve the services of an attorney to establish a person’s legal right to parent his or her child. Here is a look at the responsibilities associated with parenthood for both mothers and fathers outside of marriage.
One of the most important legal responsibilities of parenthood is contributing to the care and education of your child. Once paternity or parental rights have been established, both parents are required to help with the expenses of raising their child regardless of marriage status. This means that a judge has the right to compel a mother or father to pay child support according to state guidelines. If one of the parents refuses to contribute, he or she may face legal consequences.
Respecting the Other Parent’s Wishes
Another responsibility of parenting outside of marriage is remembering that both parents have the legal right to spend time with the child Even if the time is unequal, it’s best to respect the other parent and allow the child to spend time with him or her when appropriate. Creating unnecessary roadblocks may ultimately hurt a child later in life.
Remembering Your Legal Options
Another important thing to note about a non-traditional parenting arrangement is that custody agreements can be changed in the years following an initial court order. If there has been a significant change of circumstances since the entry of the last custody order, a parent has the right to petition the court to modify the original custody and parenting time order. This option is commonly exercised when one parent moves to another state. (Please remember that in Indiana you must file a Notice of Intent to Relocate any time you move!)
Both mothers and fathers have rights and obligations regarding their children. If you want to establish paternity of a child in Indiana, contact the Law Office of Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C by calling (317) 660-8243. Our team of family attorneys is here to help others navigate the legal and financial implications of motherhood and fatherhood.
Last updated 2 months ago
Legal issues associated with family and divorce law can be complex and emotionally charged. It is recommended that each spouse consult an attorney once the possibility of divorce is on the table. This may be the first time many individuals have hired a lawyer, which can create unease. Read on for several tips for communicating with your divorce attorney throughout the divorce process.
Your lawyer can be your best advocate only if he or she knows all of the pertinent information in your case. Collect copies of important financial and personal documents that you think may be relevant, and bring them to your appointment. By arriving to the meeting prepared, you can expect more thorough and expedient legal analysis and advice than if your lawyer is waiting for your paperwork for days or weeks.
Do you have a desired outcome for the conclusion of the divorce process? If so, explain the reasoning and options to your attorney. This may help the lawyer prepare to argue your case. Discussing the end game is also important because it allows your attorney to help set realistic expectations about the possible custody parenting time, property, and child support outcomes.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
Your family law attorney is a treasure trove of knowledge about divorce and separation. If you have any questions about procedures, timing, legal precedent, or financial issues—don’t be afraid to ask. Your lawyer may not be able to anticipate all scenarios, but he or she may know the answer to any issues causing you anxiety. Asking questions can also establish an effective rapport between you and your counsel and help you feel more at ease from beginning to end.
Are you an Indiana resident considering divorce? The family law attorneys at Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C are dedicated to helping individuals in the Indianapolis area with legal issues in all areas of family law. If you need legal advice about divorce, separation, child custody, or any other family law matter, please call (317) 660-8243 to speak to one of our family attorneys today.
Last updated 2 months ago
No two family law firms are alike. Finding caring, knowledgeable counsel that can help guide you through an otherwise difficult time may seem daunting, but the emotions often involved in family law matters makes choosing the right attorney all the more important. At Ruppert & Schaefer in Indianapolis, we strive each day to provide quality representation in a warm, caring manner.
Our attorneys have more than 70 combined years of family law practice in the state of Indiana. We take pride in knowing the intricacies of state regulations on child support, custody agreements, and property division. Our staff of family attorneys can help file post-decree modifications or appeal an unfavorable judgment from a lower court. No matter what area of family law you are dealing with, our lawyers are here to help.
Are you interested in learning more about the Law Office of Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C.? Visit our website or call us today at (317) 660-8243 to schedule a free initial case evaluation with a member of our team. We serve clients in Indianapolis and throughout central Indiana, so contact the office as soon as possible to begin work on your case.