Family Law Archives - Cohen & Malad, LLP

What is an Order of Protection?

By: Casandra L. Ringlespaugh, Attorney The Indiana Civil Protection Order Act, or ICPOA, is a set of laws passed Indiana in 2002 in regards to domestic and family violence. Under the ICPOA, Courts can issue Orders to protect people from domestic or family violence, stalking, or a sex offense. These Court Orders are called “Protection… Continue Reading »

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By: Casandra L. Ringlespaugh, Attorney Every 9 seconds in the US, a woman is assaulted or beaten, according to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice. Although intimate partner physical violence affects both men and women, women are much more likely be severely physically abused, with statistically 1 in 3 women as compared… Continue Reading »

Catholic Pope Amends Religious Annulment Process — What is the difference between a religious and civil annulment?

By: Elizabeth A. Eichholtz, Attorney Pope Francis announced on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 that the Catholic Church is changing the religious annulment process . The amendments make the process easier and cheaper for individuals seeking an annulment. What does this mean for Indiana couples who were married in the Catholic Church and are now seeking… Continue Reading »

What You Need to Know about Divorce and Spousal Maintenance

By: Elizabeth A. Eichholtz, Attorney In any dissolution of marriage case, a question frequently posed by potential clients is: “Will he/she/I be ordered to pay alimony?” In Indiana, what was historically referred to as alimony is now termed “spousal maintenance.”  There are two (2) categories of spousal maintenance: (1) temporary spousal maintenance, which may be… Continue Reading »

Emancipation and Child Support Issues for Incapacitated Children Pose Challenges for Parents

By: Julie Andrews, Attorney A few years ago, the legislature passed a law that changed the age of emancipation in Indiana. Children are emancipated at age 19. The legal effect of this is that parents no longer have a legal obligation to financially support children once they attain 19 years of age. But what happens… Continue Reading »

Indiana Paternity Records Are Going Public

by: Julie Andrews, Attorney Most court proceedings and the related files are open to the public.  Only a handful of cases are shrouded in confidentiality.  The most common confidential cases are Guardianship cases, Adoptions, Protective Orders (the named Defendant is not confidential), Juvenile Proceedings and, until July 1st, Paternity cases. Paternity cases have historically been… Continue Reading »

Judge Opens Door to Same-Sex Marriage in Indiana: Happy Couples Rush Court House

Family Law On Wednesday, Federal Court Judge Richard Young ruled that the Indiana Code section defining marriage between a man and a woman was unconstitutional, allowing same-sex couples to be legally wed in Indiana. The rush to the court house immediately ensued.  As predicted, the Indiana Attorney General filed a motion to stay the ruling,… Continue Reading »

Parenting Workshops Can Help Divorcing Parents

The state of Indiana offers several resources to divorcing parents to help them cope with the adjustments that a family makes as it goes through the dissolution process. Divorce can be especially difficult for children and their emotions can run the gamut from anxiety to guilt. Many Indiana counties offer parenting workshops or seminars to… Continue Reading »

The Busiest Divorce Month: January

Learn more about our Family Law practice and attorneys! January is often touted as “Divorce Month” due to the influx of divorce filings at the start of the new year. So why the flood of filings?  The holiday season can cause a lot of stress for couples due to mounting expenses, spending increased time with… Continue Reading »

The Costs of Delaying Marriage

Visit our Family Law practice If you take inventory of your friends’ relationships you will most likely find a few couples that are living together. Cohabitation can often mean joint bank accounts, joint purchases, joint contracting, joint debts, and of course, joint puppy or kitten purchasing.  All of these joint transactions can have legal implications… Continue Reading »