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    Amending or Modifying Your Divorce Decree

    Last updated 2 days 20 hours ago

    For many couples, divorce is a long, painful process. Even when two spouses think they have come to an agreement, they may realize that they need to amend the divorce decree.

    In this video, an attorney discusses how a divorcing couple can amend or modify their divorce decree. If both spouses agree to make a modification, they can put together an agreement and request that a judge approve the modification. If one spouse does not agree to the modification, the other spouse must file a petition and provide evidence as to why the court should modify the decree.

    If you would like to modify your divorce decree, call the Indianapolis law office of Ruppert & Schaefer, PC at (317) 660-8243. Our divorce attorneys have over 70 years of combined family law experience.  

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    Last updated 7 days ago

    Deciding Custody Battles in Court

    Last updated 13 days ago

    All divorces are different. In some cases, spouses amicably agree on a way to split their assets and share child custody. In other cases, the spouses challenge each other at every corner until it becomes necessary to settle the divorce in court. Child custody is a particularly divisive issue; if you and your spouse can’t come to an agreement, a judge will make a decision based on a number of factors.     

    Types of Custody
    When talking about custody, it is important to distinguish between legal and physical custody.  Legal custody means the ability to make legal decisions about a child.  Legal decisions generally include issues related to health, education, and religion.  Most cases end with the parents having joint legal custody of the children.  Physical custody means who physically has the child.  In most cases there will be a primary physical custodian, which means that the child is with that parent for most of the time.  However, sometimes parents will agree or the court will order joint physical custody.  Joint physical custodians would have the child for equal amounts of time.

    Visitation Rights
    If one parent is granted primary physical custody, the noncustodial parent will be granted  parenting time. Parenting time will often follow the schedule set out in the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines, which is one night a week and every other weekend. However, there can be many variations and deviations from the Guidelines. Possible factors in determining visits include the parents’ work schedules, travel distance between the parties, and other factors that impact the time and days available to spend with the child(ren). 

    Deciding Factors
    When making a decision about child custody, a judge will examine a number of factors, including the parents’ wishes and, sometimes, the child’s wishes. A judge will also factor in each parent’s living situation and ability to provide for the child. It is the court’s duty to arrive at a decision that is in the child’s best interests

    Hopefully, there will be no need for your divorce to go to court. The divorce attorneys at Ruppert & Schaefer, PC will help negotiate your divorce and represent you in court, if necessary. Call our Indianapolis office at (317) 660-8243 to ask us questions about our services.

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    Last updated 20 days ago

    Do you need free legal help? You can meet with an attorney to ask basic legal questions at the Indianapolis Bar Association's Ask A Lawyer event. 
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    This one-day community event is sponsored by the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, in cooperation with the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library and Indianapolis Public Schools.

    The Benefits of Separating Before Initiating the Divorce Process

    Last updated 22 days ago

    When you’re suffering from marital strife and think you’re ready to move on, then filing for divorce seems like a natural step. However, should it really be the first one you take? There are many benefits to separating before you actually tell your divorce attorney to file the paperwork. Should you and your spouse have a trial separation? Consider these benefits.

    Cooling Off Period
    Divorces are frequently propelled by anger. In the heat of the situation, it is easy for your emotions to cloud your judgment. When you separate, you get some time to step away from the relationship and focus on your feelings. You may find that, with some time to re-examine the issues, you gain a different perspective on the problems in your relationship. By processing your feelings with a more level head, you can make more rational decisions about your marriage.

    Preview of Post-Divorce Life
    What will your life look like after your divorce? By separating, you can get a taste of what the future holds. For some people, living the single life may feel right. For others, it may not be exactly what they had hoped. This reality check can influence your decisions about your divorce.

    Consider Financial Issues
    One of the biggest parts of your divorce lawyer’s job is to help you navigate the complicated financial aspect of ending a marriage. During a separation, you may be able to work with your spouse to determine ground rules for splitting up your assets. It may also be easier to make clear-headed decisions about what assets really matter to you during a separation.

    At Ruppert & Schaefer, PC in Indianapolis, our divorce lawyers can help you protect your rights at all stages of the divorce process, including trial separations. Discuss your divorce and legal separation options with us and let us help you map out a plan for a peaceful resolution to your marriage. Schedule a consultation with a divorce lawyer in Indianapolis by calling (317) 660-8243.

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