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Family Law News

Posted on: Jan 23, 2017

By Mag. Kimberly Dean Mattingly, Marion Superior Court

  1. Protection Order cases, PO, are not yet on the efiling system. They will be eventually, but I do not have a timeline yet. As fax filing is no longer an option, the only way to file pleadings on these cases is via mail or in person.
  2. Please start adding the word “Final” to the titles of your Decrees or Modifications. Currently, you and members of the public can only see CCS entries via The eventual plan is to have the CCS plus “final” orders available to be viewed by the public. (Before you email me to ask: the same plan includes giving lawyers access to all pleadings; date is unknown.) Therefore, it will be helpful for clerks and court staff if you title these documents as follows: Final Decree of Dissolution of Marriage, Final Settlement Agreement, Final Decree Establishing Paternity, Final Order of Modification of Child Support, etc. 

Do This Now:
Download this app to your device: Indiana Information Sharing Guide. It is an amazing tool that will help you determine whether you can obtain information about children from an agency, etc. and if you can, how to proceed. It is FREE and available on both iPhone and Android platforms. I’m not a tech guru, so I won’t provide a tutorial -  just download it and play with it a little and if you aren’t amazed, you can guest author next week’s Tip of the Week!


The Information Sharing Guide is currently only available for iOS 10.0 and newer (iPhone and iPad) and on your desktop/laptop through your web browser (i.e. on the Internet) here. It will be available for the Android operating system soon.
Also, don’t title every single proposed order for anything in any case as “Final…”, only use that term for Decrees or Modification – actual “final” orders.

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