By Lindsay Faulkenberg, Kids' Voice of Indiana
I am not here to get political. But, election season is upon us and the people we elect in November could help shape the laws that we will practice under each day as family law attorneys. I remind us of this because as a member of the IndyBar Family Law Section, you have an outlet to provide feedback to the executive committee on a certain law. We have provided comments and testimony on subjects before, most recently on proposed changes to the grandparent visitation laws.
One issue that may come up in the 2019 session is a new definition of child neglect. See here and here. Utah has already addressed this and I've heard that a proposal for a bill that presumes 50/50 custody for Mother and Father may make an appearance next session.
There has also been discussion about the legislature addressing same-sex couples, surrogacy and establishing maternity. So, stay tuned as this season comes upon us, and if you think our section needs to provide feedback, let us know so we can discuss it! Our voices as family law practitioners in the biggest county (and those surrounding) need to be heard because we see not only what families are dealing with, but how these laws affect them and their children.
If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Family Law Section, please email Kara Sikorski at firstname.lastname@example.org.