Answers To Family Law Questions We Receive Most Often
At Harwell Legal Counsel, our lawyers understand that family law matters can be complex and emotionally charged. To provide clarity and guidance, we’ve compiled answers to some of the most common questions we receive regarding family law in Indiana.
What does family law encompass?
Family law deals with legal matters related to family relationships, including divorce, child custody and spousal support.
How long does the divorce process take?
The duration of a divorce case can vary widely. It depends on factors like complexity, cooperation and court schedules.
What are the grounds for divorce in Indiana?
Indiana allows for both fault-based and no-fault divorces. No-fault divorce is based on the grounds of irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.
How is child custody determined?
Child custody decisions are made in the best interests of the child, considering factors like parental fitness, stability and the child’s preferences.
What are my rights as a parent?
Parents have rights to visitation, decision-making and access to their child’s records. However, these rights must be exercised in the child’s best interests.
Do children have a say in custody decisions?
Depending on their age and maturity, children may express their preferences regarding custody. Courts often consider these preferences.
How is child support calculated?
Indiana uses guidelines to calculate child support based on income, parenting time and child-related expenses.
What is spousal support (alimony)?
Spousal support is financial assistance provided to a spouse who may require financial support after a divorce.
What is mediation in family law cases?
Mediation is a nonadversarial approach to resolving family law disputes. A neutral mediator helps parties reach agreements outside of court.
Can court orders be modified?
Yes, court orders related to child custody, support and visitation can be modified if there is a substantial change in circumstances.
Where can I find resources for family law matters?
Our experienced attorneys can provide guidance and support, and we can also recommend additional resources.
How do I choose the right family law attorney?
When seeking an attorney, look for experience, expertise and a commitment to your best interests.
We’ve Got Answers
For more personalized guidance on your family law matter, don’t hesitate to call the attorneys at Harwell Legal Counsel at 317-344-9085. You can also contact us online to make an appointment for a free consultation in our Indianapolis office. Our experienced family law team is ready to assist you in Indianapolis. Let us help you navigate the complexities of family law with professionalism and care in Marion, Hendricks, Hamilton, Johnson and Hancock counties.