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Family Law News

Posted on: Mar 10, 2017

By Mag. Kimberly Dean Mattingly, Marion Superior Court

On Confidential Information: Please, don’t file it on family law cases. We don’t need it. Really. If you are convinced that you must file a pleading that contains information that is confidential per Admin Rule 9, ask a colleague first. Then, if you both conclude it is a good idea, remember the Rule of 3. This week I received a pleading with a statutory citation redacted because the statute referenced mental health records. I also got an appearance with no SSNs (yay), but it was filed as a Notice of Exclusion because the SSNs were not provided (boo). You don’t have to tell us what you are leaving out, unless you are filing a version with a full SSN or account number.
On Forms: Did you know that legal forms are available for your use under the Resources tab at You may notice that the Family Law section is woefully underpopulated. Your Executive Committee is working to provide more forms for all IndyBar members. If you are willing to contribute a form, or have an idea for one that should be included, please let me know. We hope to have a large collection of baseline forms available this spring, as do the other sections of IndyBar. You may access all of the forms, not just those marked Family Law -- and they are free!
Bench Bar invites went out this week, as did notice of our first Plus CLE of the year. We are planning an Open Meeting (free) for April 25 – please plan to bring your lunch and mix with colleagues while you get Darryn Duchon’s case law update, an update on efiling and the outcome of the 2017 legislative session. Register for that program here.

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