Blog Posts in 2017

  • Behavior Plans for Students with Special Needs

    || 29-Dec-2017

    If your child has special needs and attends public school, he should have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Assuming he’s had a good educational evaluation and if it’s written correctly, his IEP should address all of his identified areas of need : academic, social, behavioral and functional. But if his behavior is interfering with learning or getting him into trouble at ...
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  • Indiana's Spousal Maintenance Statute: Can I Get Financial Support After My Divorce?

    || 15-Dec-2017

    One of the most common questions we get asked during a divorce is regarding alimony. Does Indiana have it? What about spousal support? Will I have to pay either to my ex? The short answer: no. While Indiana does not require parties to pay alimony or spousal support, Indiana does recognize what is known as spousal maintenance. Spousal maintenance may be awarded in a divorce or legal separation, but ...
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  • Least Restrictive Environment and Shortened School Days

    || 14-Dec-2017

    By Tom Blessing Indiana Special Education Attorney Hollingsworth & Zivitz tblessing@hzlegal.com Least Restrictive Environment Under the law, public schools are required to educate students with disabilities in what’s called their least restrictive environment, or LRE. The goal is to make sure that kids with disabilities are educated with their typical peers “to the maximum extent ...
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  • How to Transfer Your Child to Another School

    || 4-Dec-2017

    By Tom Blessing Indiana Special Education Attorney Hollingsworth & Zivitz tblessing@hzlegal.com When people hear the term “transfer schools,” they usually think of a family relocating from one school district to another: a family moves from Carmel to Fishers and the kids are withdrawn from Carmel and enrolled in Hamilton Southeastern—their new school corporation of legal ...
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  • Special Needs Students and School Discipline

    || 20-Nov-2017

    By Tom Blessing Indiana Special Education Attorney Hollingsworth & Zivitz tblessing@hzlegal.com I get lots of calls from parents whose special needs children do things which get them in trouble at public schools, leading to suspension, expulsion, placement in an interim setting and even juvenile criminal charges. Sometimes schools will call parents (often repeatedly) asking them to come pick ...
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  • Free Special Needs Resource Fair

    || 10-Nov-2017

    It can be tough for parents of children with special needs to find things to do on the weekend, especially now that weather is getting cooler and it’s harder to enjoy the outdoors. Most of you are probably familiar with the publication Indy’s Child. Next Saturday, it’s hosting Indy’s Special Child Resource Fair for families with special needs—a great opportunity to ...
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  • Indiana School Authorities Have 9-year Old Boy with Autism Arrested

    || 2-Nov-2017

    In my special education practice, I get lots of calls from parents whose children are being bullied at school. Almost every parent who calls me tells me the school doesn’t take it seriously, doesn’t punish the bullies and dismisses it as “kids will be kids.” The most school employees will tell parents is “We’re conducting an investigation” or ...
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  • Special Needs Students and School Discipline

    || 19-Oct-2017

    I get lots of calls from parents whose special needs children do things which get them in trouble at public schools, leading to suspension, expulsion, placement in an interim setting and even juvenile criminal charges. Sometimes schools will call parents (often repeatedly) asking them to come pick up their child from school early if the child is having a rough day. The law gives substantial ...
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  • Our firm, Hollingsworth & Zivitz, Attorneys at Law, is thrilled to announce a number of our team have been acknowledged and included in an incredibly prestigious award. Attorneys Andy Bartelt, Anne-Marie Briscoe, and Genevieve Keegan-Bedano have been selected to the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars™ List, while Attorney Kena S. Hollingsworth has been selected to the Super Lawyers® ...
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  • Free Seminar on Special Education Rights

    || 5-Oct-2017

    INSource is partnering with the Ripley-Ohio-Dearborn (ROD) Special Education Cooperative in southeastern Indiana to educate parents on the resources available through the public school system and the rights of parents. This is a great opportunity to learn about the services and supports available to students with disabilities and the obligation of schools to provide them a free appropriate public ...
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  • Your Child's Special Education Rights

    || 29-Sep-2017

    A Free Seminar for Parents The laws which apply to disabled students in public schools can be complex and confusing, but many parents cannot afford to consult an attorney for advice. Please join us for a free, informal discussion of the rights of students with special needs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Indiana’s Article 7. Topics include: Evaluations IEPs ...
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  • October is National Bullying Prevention Month

    || 27-Sep-2017

    by Tom Blessing Special Education Attorney with Hollingsworth & Zivitz tblessing@hzlegal.com Bullying in our schools has become a national epidemic and, unfortunately, this is probably the most common phone call I get from parents. Usually it goes something like this: “My child is being bullied to the point that he’s afraid to go to school. The school has not done anything to stop ...
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  • Autism Parent Meeting this Thursday

    || 18-Sep-2017

    by Tom Blessing Special Education Attorney with Hollingsworth & Zivitz tblessing@hzlegal.com TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) is holding its monthly Coffee Talk this Thursday evening in Nora from 7-9 p.m. Look forward to seeing you there! September 21 | 2017 Equal Participation: Please contact TACA if you will require an accommodation to participate. Join us on our TACA Indiana Facebook page! ...
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  • Answers for Autism Family Fun Festival this Saturday

    || 15-Sep-2017

    by Tom Blessing Special Education Attorney with Hollingsworth & Zivitz tblessing@hzlegal.com Many of the children I represent in my special education law practice have autism, so I’m a big supporter of the non-profits who do such important work to help families who cope with autism every day. Tomorrow, Answers for Autism is having its family festival (formerly walk) in Carmel—less ...
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  • Celebrity Break Ups Highlight Potential Financial Disasters in Divorce

    || 6-Sep-2017

    Chris Pratt and Anna Faris’ recent announcement to separate after 8 years of marriage raises the potential financial disaster they, and similar high-income earning couples could face when separating without a pre-nuptial agreement. While it’s unclear whether the couple had a prenuptial agreement, Pratt is one of Hollywood’s highest paid actors and Faris reportedly makes $125,000 ...
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