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Family Law News

Posted on: Mar 9, 2016

By Michael Commons, Indiana Supreme Court

Although we are well into the year, I'd like to take just a moment to introduce myself as the current chair of your Family Law Section of the IndyBar. I've been a member of the section's Executive Committee since 2010 and have benefited greatly by the wisdom and camaraderie provided by our members. I'm looking forward to maintaining the benefits that the IndyBar has consistently provided to us in the past and I hope to extend these into some areas of needed attention. Among these will be focusing on clients involved with Intimate Partner Violence and Coercive Control, as well as assisting lawyers in avoiding negative consequences from unstable and upset clients and opposing parties.

We have a March CLE, Outside the Box of Marion County: Tips for Practicing in Surrounding Counties, on March 23, immediately followed by a reception with fellow attendees and the speakers. Also in the works, Somerset CPAs and Advisors will present on tax and business in family law cases. The month of May will bring two back-to-back opportunities for our section. On May 18, we have a joint CLE - Hot Topics in Tax, Estate Planning and Family Law - with the Indy Attorneys Network, Women and the Law Division, Tax Section and Estate Planning & Administration Section. The CLE will be followed by a social afterwards. Then on Thursday, May 19, David Morris of the Marion County prosecutor's Office will present a lunch hour CLE on the recent changes to the Child Support Guidelines. Registration for these events is coming soon, so keep an eye out!

There will be something for our members every month this year, whether an Open Section Meeting, a CLE, a social event or an IndyBar event. We know you expect these services and benefits as a member, and we will strive to provide them.

If you ever believe there is more we can do as your Executive Committee, more as a section or more as a bar association, please reach out to us. Thank you.

This post was written by Michael Commons of the Indiana Supreme Court. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Family Law Section page, please email Mary Kay Price at


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