Below, you will find resources to help you if you are going through a divorce, or simply thinking about it.
A wealth of articles that are updated monthly covering a wide variety of topics related to divorce.
These Divorce Guides provide you with information, support, and guidance you need to go through your divorce.
The Indiana Divorce Magazine is published twice a year. The digital edition is available for download.
See what’s going on in Family Law.
If you are in the Indianapolis area and would like referrals to attorneys who can help your with divorce, mediation, arbitration, parenting coordination, or collaborative law issues please call us at 317-571-3601 – we maintain an extensive referral list and will provide you several names based on your particular case. You should, of course, feel free to work with any attorney – not just those provided by us – but before you work with an attorney, think about these things:
- Does the family law attorney honestly talk with you about both best-case and worst-case scenarios in your case? Reputable, solution-oriented attorneys will talk to you about a range of possible outcomes in your case. Attorneys more oriented to litigation – and therefore less likely to support your efforts at alternative dispute resolution – will makes promises or “guarantees”, and focus only on one, best-case outcome. While this can seem reassuring, it usually leads through a very time-consuming – and expensive – process, during which you suffer and the attorney profits.
- Is the attorney willing to talk about different divorce settlement options? Does he or she have several practical suggestions and alternatives?
- Has the attorney provided you with an honest “cost/benefit analysis” of litigation versus alternative dispute resolution? When involved in a family conflict, parties often spend dollars to chase dimes. For example, if one parent is seeking a $10 per week increase in support but spends $3,000 in attorney fees, that parent will have to wait approximately six years to realize the benefit of support increase.
- Has the attorney discussed with you the emotional expenses of family litigation? At trial, parents often have no choice but to testify as to the very worst in each other. Terrible accusations are made and long-term wounds inflicted. After trial, the attorneys and judges go away, leaving two hurt people to try to co-parent their children. Solution-oriented attorneys will make you aware of both the tangible and intangible costs of litigating.
- Is the attorney patient and willing to answer all of your questions and address your concerns? If not, he or she may not have the patience to work with you through the mediation process.
- Has your attorney participated in mediation training, or does he or she have extensive experience participating in family law mediations?