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Posted on: Jul 17, 2019

This is a friendly reminder that July 1 brought us many new laws. Particularly, the relocation statute had some updates that will require changes in your pleadings. Another new law allows the Department of Child Services 45 days to issue their report instead of the previous 30 days. 

Posted on: Jun 19, 2019

The changes the requirements of the notice of intent to relocate as well as the contact information a party is required to share with another party subject to the case. The new law will also require a response to a notice of relocation even if a party is not objecting.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2019

Even our own Justice Theodore Boehm opined in a case regarding adoption notice that our adoption notice statutes “taken together, seem to provide multiple opportunities for confusion and even intentional obfuscation.”

Posted on: Jun 18, 2019

It’s a phone call or email that no family law attorney wants to hear in a divorce case—that the custodial parent has passed away in a case where the noncustodial parent had supervised parenting time. Apart from your own personal reaction there are questions whirling through your mind—does custody automatically transfer to the other parent?

Posted on: Jun 5, 2019

There is no statutory definition of “next friend” in Indiana, but the common law definition is “[an] individual who acts on behalf of another individual who does not have the legal capacity to act on his or her own behalf.” Many states no longer use the term “next friend”, and instead have adopted the term “guardian ad litem."

Posted on: May 10, 2019

The Domestic Relations Committee of the Judicial Conference of Indiana seeks public comments on proposed changes to Indiana's Child Support Guidelines, which are used to make decisions about child support in dissolutions of marriage, legal separations, paternity cases, Title IV-D proceedings, and all other actions for child support.

Posted on: May 9, 2019

Governor Holcomb has signed House Enrolled Act 1520 a new law which affects people with child support orders for children who turn 19 before graduating from secondary school, i.e. high school. House Enrolled Act 1520 of the 2019 session amends the child support law as it applies to emancipation for child support for children who are 19 years old.

Posted on: May 2, 2019

The IndyBar Legislative Committee is currently monitoring the following family law related legislation.

Posted on: May 2, 2019

Judges who perform marriages may not refuse to perform them for same-sex couples, according to a Formal Ethics Opinion from the ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility released Feb. 14. Judges not only must follow the law but also must act impartially and free from bias or prejudice, the opinion explains.

Posted on: May 1, 2019

Two recent rulings concerning the fate of frozen embryos are raising questions about the rights of egg and sperm donors, the interpretation of unclear contracts and implications in the abortion debate.

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