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Family Law News

Posted on: Mar 24, 2020

Questions about the below information should be directed to Elisabeth Edwards, 2020 Family Law Section chair

April 6, 2020
If you need any certified court records from Hamilton County, you may send your request to

April 1, 2020
In addition to the Supreme Court’s Order on custody, parenting time, and child support during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Innovation Initiative’s Family Law Taskforce proposes additional family law guidance that may assist courts or local communities, which I have attached for you here.

March 31, 2020
Attached please find a list of Marion County Contacts for you. The IndyBar will be posting this online, but we thought you might want a list for yourself.

March 24, 2020
From Judge Mark Smith in Hendricks County:
Effective this Wednesday (tomorrow, March 25), the Hendricks County courthouse will be closed on Tuesday and Thursday. It will be open from 11 am to 2 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for emergency and essential hearings only. During those times, there will only be one judge and staff in the building. Judges will still be looking at pleadings from home and the Clerk will follow the same hours. This will last until April 7 unless extended.
If anyone has any other changes to courthouse hours, please pass them along.

Please go here for an FAQ About Custody, Parenting Time, and Covid-19 Pandemic from Kids' Voice of Indiana. Kids' Voice also has a general resources page here.

March 19, 2020
The Supreme Court recently approved the Hendricks County Courts’ AR17 Petition for Emergency Relief.  The order details the emergency plan in effect through and including April 17, 2020.

The Hendricks County Courts remain open, and essential court operations will continue.

March 18, 2020
Attached please find the Hamilton County Order for Emergency Relief. Watch for hearings to be pushed back to May 4, but there will be a status update provided by the Court by April 20.

March 17, 2020
Please find attached some tips for GAL investigations during the quarantine. This is something I threw together specifically for our volunteer GALs at Kids' Voice so some things may not necessarily apply to folks doing private GAL work, but still might be helpful. - Emily Angel, Kids' Voice of Indiana

Please click here for a template for a Notice of Remote Appearance, thanks to IndyBar Family Law Section member Rick Mann.

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