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    Megan Lewis: 2014 Outstanding Volunteer Attorney

    Last updated 10 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 15 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 23 days 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 29 days 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. 

    Should You Involve the Police?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    The enforcement of a custody or parenting time order can be a tricky issue. Sometimes, a person will ask for police assistance to enforce an order. Because this is a civil and not a criminal issue, the police are often reluctant to get involved. If your order is very clear on who should have the child at what time, it is possible that the police will assist you. However, if your order is not clear or you don’t have an order on custody or parenting time, it is likely that the police will tell you to address your concerns with a court. The following are pointers on how best to deal with the police if you do call for assistance:

    • Always call the non-emergency line when requesting assistance. If you are having a true emergency and a person is in danger of being harmed or is being harmed, it is appropriate to call 911, otherwise, it is not.
    • Be polite with the dispatcher and clear about what assistance you are requesting.
    • You must have an address or location of the child to give to the police. If you don’t know where the child is, the police will not be able to assist you.
    • When you call for assistance, it is recommended that you be within five minutes of the location that you are going to. Most often, the officer will travel to your location and speak with you first before each of you travel separately to the location that the child is located.
    • Always have a copy of the order regarding custody and parenting time that you are requesting assistance enforcing. Make sure that it is a clear and clean copy. It may also help to have the order certified by the court that issued it.
    • If the police officer declines to assist you, be polite and courteous. Just because the police cannot help you does not mean you cannot ask the court to enforce your order.
    • If you have an order and the police decline to assist you, you can address the enforcement of the order with the court that issued it.

    The attorneys at Ruppert & Schaefer can help you request the court’s assistance.  Their lawyers can also help you if you don’t have an order in place yet. Check us out online or call us at (317) 660-8243 for more information or to schedule a consultation. 

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