Navigating Your Divorce Gracefully

Divorce is a complex and deeply personal process.

No matter how amicable you think your divorce will be, the division of property, negotiating support, and coming to agreements regarding child custody often cause emotions to run high. And, over time, as circumstances change, those emotions can resurface as you or your ex-spouse revisit the agreements you made when you were first divorced.

While emotions are natural at times like these, they should not govern the legal agreements involved in the dissolution of your marriage. Sound legal counsel from a qualified attorney can help you navigate these issues – and the laws that affect them –  to help you obtain the best outcome and better ensure that your best interests are being represented.

Reducing Divorce Drama

Divorce (or “dissolution,” in legal terms) is one of the most difficult times in people’s lives. It does not, however, have to be the emotional drama it often escalates into.

We offer the legal expertise and experience you need to make the best decisions, along with the compassion and understanding you need to help you make the process as painless as possible. We know from experience that staying focused on the law’s perspective and on the details of the future – not on the mistakes and hurts of the past – is the best way to defuse the anger and betrayal often resulting from the dissolution of a marriage and help you plan your next steps productively.

Indiana law helps to support this approach. Indiana is a no-fault state, which means the court will not consider (or even be interested in) the behaviors leading up to the divorce – who did what to whom or who felt mistreated by whom. All the state requires is that one of the parties believes that the marriage is irreconcilably broken.

Where children are involved, the complexity of a divorce increases. Providing for their needs – in other words, custody and support issues – become the main focus for the courts. Employing people from the helping professions can assist in maintaining this focus, and, in situations where parents are unable to agree about the well-being of the children, a guardian ad litem or parenting coordinator will sometimes be introduced to protect the legal rights of the children.

Regardless of the situation, both you and your soon-to-be-ex spouse should have your own lawyer so that each of you has legal representation for your rights and responsibilities under the law.

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