Blog Posts in 2017

  • Public Persona Causes Radio Host to Lose Child-Custody Case

    || 7-Jul-2017

    Can your public image affect the outcome of your child custody case? The short answer is yes—your image matters. For many, an issue of a public persona versus what actually goes on in your daily life isn’t a concern. For those like radio host Alex Jones, best known for his opinionated personality and conspiracy theories behind The Alex Jones Show, as well as the internet news website ...
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  • Same-Sex Couples May Lose Parental Rights Case

    || 3-Jul-2017

    In 2015, eight same-sex couples filed lawsuits against the State of Indiana challenging laws that only allow a birth mother, rather than two mothers, to be listed as a parent on a child’s birth certificate. In light of the landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that made same-sex marriages legal, federal Judge Tanya Walton Pratt found Indiana’s law that requires a same-sex spouse to ...
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  • Indiana Will Dish Out $25M to Settle DCS Case

    || 28-Jun-2017

    After over a decade-long legal battle, the Finnegan family finally has a clear name and a little peace of mind. In 2015, the Pulaski County Department of Child Services was found to have falsely prosecuted the Finnegans for their daughter’s death and a federal jury awarded the family $31.3 million in damages. Although the State initially appealed the verdict, Indiana has agreed to pay the ...
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  • DIVORCE - WHAT TO EXPECT: I've Filed for Divorce, Now What?

    || 22-Jun-2017

    If you’re contemplating filing for divorce, you may be wondering, “What happens next?” Taking that first step can be scary, can leave you feeling sad, can sometimes even offer forms of relief, but often it just leaves a sense of anxiety because of the unknown. If you take out all the different complexities that can convolute each individual divorce, the legal process itself can ...
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  • SCOTUS Rules Spouse Can't Have Access to Veteran's Disability Benefits

    || 30-May-2017

    Can a State increase the amount a divorced spouse receives each month from a veteran’s retirement pay to indemnify a divorced spouse for the loss caused by a veteran’s waiver to elect disability benefits? Quite simply put, the Supreme Court of the United States says, “no”. Why is this important? Because it impacts the amount of money a divorcing spouse can be awarded from a ...
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  • COA Reverses Dissolution Decree Imputing Potential Income to Mother

    || 27-Apr-2017

    Originally published on TheIndianaLawyer.com: A divided Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed the terms of a marriage dissolution decree, finding the trial court erred in imputing potential income to the mother based on the fact that she should now be able to work full-time because her children are older. In Karen B. Salser v. Gregg A. Salser, 02A03-1606-DR-1308, Karen Salser was a part-time ...
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  • 8 Practical Steps to Prepare for Divorce

    || 12-Apr-2017

    Going through a divorce can be messy, both financially and emotionally, so doing everything you can to prepare for the process can help save you and your family unnecessary stress and hassle. Follow these steps to take stock of your finances, know which steps you need to take to move forward and make the divorce as quick and painless as possible. 1. Gather Financial Records Take stock of your ...
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  • How to Get a Divorce in Indiana

    || 23-Jan-2017

    Any type of divorce within the state of Indiana is referred to as a “dissolution of marriage”. When going through a divorce, couples typically choose to file for a no-fault divorce since it does not require either spouse to divulge the reasons why they are choosing to end the marriage. Fault-based complaints in Indiana provide three grounds – insanity, impotence, or felony ...
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  • Call 6: Mom settles lawsuit with district over allegations they abused special needs student

    || 17-Jan-2017

    Hollingsworth & Zivitz attorney Thomas Blessing featured in RTV6 coverage of a lawsuit involving a Jasper County mother's lawsuit against a public school district in which she accused them of repeatedly neglecting and abusing her son with special needs: Call 6: Mom settles lawsuit with district over allegations they abused special needs student
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