Having gone through a divorce myself, I understand how trying a divorce can be, and although this situation is something you may not wish to face right now, dealing with it now will make your life easier in the future.
Most people in this situation have questions:
• What rights do I have with my kids, property, and home?
Divorce law in Indiana is designed to protect the rights of the parties and resolve the divorce in an amicable manner through agreements of the parties, if possible. However, when children are involved, the Court’s primary concern is the best interests of the children. A child’s best interest supersedes all other issues in the eyes of the Court. It is impossible for me to advise anyone of their specific rights without meeting them and learning their particular circumstances. That is why I urge you to schedule a free initial consultation at my office to discuss your divorce and advise you how you should proceed.
• Can I handle this myself or do I need an attorney?
Navigating your way through your own divorce proceeding is likely to end badly. Most people do not have the legal expertise to litigate a divorce. It is simply too easy to make mistakes that will cost you financially or emotionally for years to come. If your spouse already has an attorney, and you attempt to represent yourself, your spouse will have a significant advantage over you as the issues of division of debts, assets, marital property, child support, and child custody are not easy to resolve, especially when your are emotionally involved. You should retain an attorney simply because you need the advice and assistance of someone who is a legal expert and who will not make decisions based on emotion as you will be prone to do.
• What can I expect will happen in my divorce?
I have practiced family law in Lake, Porter, LaPorte and Starke Counties for going on 18 years, and almost every client asks the same question at their initial consultation with me: “What’s going to happen?” Scheduling a free initial consultation at my office gives us the opportunity to discuss your case in detail. Once I know the facts and circumstances I can advise you on how the law applies to your situation and the best course of action to reach your goals. But “what’s going to happen” depends as much on you as it does on the law. In a divorce, as with any legal proceeding, your actions will either better your position, or worsen your position. You should retain an attorney early in your divorce to avoid taking any action that would worsen your position, or passing up any opportunities that would better your position.
Contact my office for your free initial consultation today. I offer reasonable rates and payment plans. You may not have wanted a divorce, but Indiana is a “no-fault” divorce state which means if your spouse wants a divorce you will be divorced. So do not delay — protect your rights! Call (219) 738-2222 now to schedule your free initial consultation.
658 West 700 North · P.O. Box 1334 · Portage · Indiana · 46368