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    What Rights do Grandparents Have After a Divorce?

    Last updated 2 days 16 hours 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 8 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 15 days 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. 

    See How One Couple Handled the Issue of Pet Custody

    Last updated 24 days ago

    Pets are much more than just animals—they are part of the family! Many people view their pets as their children, especially people who may not have children or whose children have grown up. This type of love enhances life, but it can also make the divorce process more difficult.

    As you will see in this video, one judge treated a pet as a child during a divorce hearing. In Indiana, pets are still considered property during a divorce and awarded to one party or the other. It is possible that parties, by agreement, could reach some time sharing arrangement with a pet. However, if the decision is left to a court, the pet will likely be awarded only to one party.

    Find more facts about custody and other family law concerns by contacting Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C. today! Check us out online or call us at (317) 660-8243 for more information.

    Tips for Supporting a Friend Who Is Getting Divorced

    Last updated 29 days ago

    Do you have a friend going through a divorce? Your friend is probably busy dealing with family lawyers and paperwork, but she could probably use a helping hand in other areas of her life! Follow these tips to support and help your friend during this transition period:

    Provide Support
    One of the best things you can do for your friend during any time of struggle is simply being there for her. This is especially true during a divorce when it is easy to feel alone and unsupported. Make sure your friend knows that you are there for her and will be around if she needs any help or simply needs someone she can sit down with to have a conversation. 

    Listen to Your Friend
    Your friend will likely want to talk about her situation as the divorce process proceeds. Going through a divorce means losing your partner, making it difficult to feel like you can talk about your emotions and thoughts. Being there to listen to your friend will show her that she does have the support she needs and she can be open and honest about what she is feeling during this time.

    Avoid the Advice
    It is normal to want to help your friend when she is sad or upset. But the desire to help can often lead to giving some unwarranted advice. Even if you have known your friend and her soon-to-be former spouse for a while, you do not know all of the ins and outs of their relationship. Avoid giving advice and stick to providing support.  Attempting to give legal advice could only make matters more confusing for your friend.  Leave the legal advice to the attorneys. 

    Make Plans
    If your friend is feeling lonely now that her spouse has moved out or she has to share custody of children instead of having them at home all the time, you can help by making plans. Suggest fun activities, going out to dinner, and other things you two can do together to keep busy and stay positive.

    Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C. specializes in family law include divorce and child custody. Give us a call at (317) 660-8243 if you are looking for advice about divorce for you and your spouse or are seeking more information about the process for a loved one.

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