Angola Divorce Lawyers
Despite what you may have heard on the news, America is not having a crisis of divorces. The overall number of divorces today is actually down from 30 years ago, and that trend looks set to continue as more people marry and have children later in life. The one demographic for which divorces have spiked is people over the age of 60. Seniors are now divorcing with greater frequency and in greater numbers than ever before. The Angola divorce lawyers at The Bellinger Law Office have represented the interests of many people as they prepare for the next chapter of their lives.
Divorce Issues That Need to be Settled
Once you file the paperwork for a divorce, the real work begins. Issues related to property and asset division need to be settled along with custody, child support, and more.
- Property division – Indiana is an equitable division state. That means that the court will not divide the marital estate 50/50, but will consider the relative earning power of both spouses when deciding these issues. If one spouse has more earning power than the other, then the other may be entitled to more of the marital estate.
- Child custody – Indiana recognizes two kinds of child custody — legal and physical. Physical custody means that the children primarily reside with one parent. Legal custody is when a parent has decision-making power over a child. In most cases, both parents will be awarded legal custody, while one parent has physical custody.
- Visitation and parenting time – Even if one parent has sole custody of all the children, the other parent may be entitled to visiting time independent of custody arrangements. They would not have the authority to make decisions on the child’s schooling or health care, but they are entitled to spend time with their children.
- Child support – The parent who has physical custody of the children is generally entitled to child support from the non-custodial parent. Our lawyers ensure that the amount of child support paid is fair to all parties.
- Spousal support – Spousal support is another bargaining chip at both party’s disposal. Support can take the place of property division that may cloud ownership of jointly owned businesses or other issues. Our attorneys can help ensure that the amount of spousal support is truly equitable and not unfair to either party.
- Modification of divorce decree – When circumstances change, our attorneys can ensure that the divorce order reflects the new circumstances.
Fathers’ Rights Issues in Indiana
In years past, custody issues would favor mothers over fathers. Today, that is still the case for very young infants, but less so for older children. Fathers may have more power under the law than they have had in the past to see their children and be a real part of their lives.
Talk to Angola Divorce Lawyers Today
Call The Bellinger Law Office today to discuss your divorce with experienced legal counsel and begin laying the foundation for your new life.