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  • Divorce Day?

    || 12-Jan-2018

    One of the first articles that popped-up on my newsfeed this week was entitled (and I’m paraphrasing), “ Today is Divorce Day.” Although it was an article from the U.K., the title compelled me to read further. Out of curiosity, I quickly searched to see if others (in the U.S.) have made the same association and dubbed Monday, January 8, 2018, “Divorce Day.” I ...
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  • 15-Year-Old Bullying Suicide Victim's Family Sues School

    || 14-Jan-2015

    Bullying in our schools has become a national epidemic. The cruelest place in the world is the playground and, with the explosion of social media, kids can't even find a safe haven at home. It happens every day and knows no geographic, demographic or socioeconomic boundaries. In some cases, the relentless name-calling, taunting, threats, ridicule and harassment turns physical—with ...
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  • Adoption of Baby Veronica and the Indian Child Welfare Act

    || 27-Sep-2013

    Baby Veronica, who was at the center of a legal dispute between her biological father, a member of the Cherokee Nation, and her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, has been returned to the Capobiancos in South Carolina. Veronica was handed over to the Capobiancos hours after the Oklahoma Supreme Court dissolved a temporary court order leaving the child with her father and his family. ...
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  • Proud to be a family: 5 easy steps to adopting as a same-sex couple in Indiana

    || 19-Aug-2013

    Same-sex couples in Indiana may be surprised to learn that Indiana’s adoption statutes, as interpreted by the Indiana Court of Appeals, allow unmarried couples, regardless of sexual orientation, to file joint petitions for adoption. The legislature may have prohibited same-sex marriage (Ind. Code §31-11-1-1), but it has not done the same for parenthood. In the case of In re Infant Girl ...
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  • Addressing Back-to-School Issues by Collaborative Practice

    || 30-Jul-2013

    Whether you are separated or divorced, or share a child with a former partner, there are issues which commonly arise in July and August prior to the start of school. These back-to-school issues often need immediate attention, and court calendars may not accommodate the issue in a timely fashion. In addition to the time crunch, litigating the issues may be cost prohibitive. We are often asked ...
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  • What are the Benefits of Collaborative Divorce?

    || 12-Jul-2013

    For those of us who practice collaborative divorce, a description of its benefits can take pages and pages of text -- especially for those of us who have been representing clients in divorce litigation for many years. We have experienced first-hand the frustration, anger, hurt and disillusionment that often accompanies the traditional litigation process. Here is a summary of SOME of the benefits ...
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  • You've Got Your Decree! - Here are Some Suggestions for Tying up Loose Ends.

    || 9-Jul-2013

    So, you're there! You're divorced! You take a look at the final Decree and breathe a sigh of relief. However, here are a few suggestions to make sure all of those pesky loose ends are tied up neatly. If, as a part of the Decree, you have been awarded a division of your ex-spouse's retirement account(s), make sure your portion of the account(s) is actually transferred to your individual ...
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  • Is Collaborative Divorce Right for Me?

    || 25-Jun-2013

    Collaborative divorce is a process by which couples work through issues of child custody, parenting time, division of financial assets and payment of marital bills and expenses through non-litigation techniques guided by specially-trained, experienced family law attorneys with the assistance, if necessary, of collaboratively trained professionals, such as child and financial specialists. The goals ...
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  • What's in a Name?

    || 21-Jun-2013

    Five days after Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed their baby girl, the new arrival's name has been revealed. And it's likely to surprise the couple's fans. The reality star and the rapper named their daughter North West. In most states, you may give your child any first, middle, and last name you like. Whether you are married or not, you don’t have to give the baby the last ...
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  • Grandparent Visitation Rights

    || 2-Apr-2013

    In a recent case In Re The Guardianship of A.J.A. and L.M.A., J.C. v. J.B. and S.B. , the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed an order vacating paternal grandmother's grandparent visitation rights on the basis that the trial court initially granting the grandparent rights lacked the statutory authority to do so. The Court of Appeals found, however, that the guardians' objections to her want ...
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  • Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Same-sex Couples Marriage Rights

    || 26-Mar-2013

    The Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments today on marriage laws, which could lead to a wide array of outcomes, from essentially leaving in place the traditional marriage laws to proclaiming same-sex marriage is a fundamental right under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution. According to the Pew Research Center‘s poll on public opinion of ...
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  • Justices Remand for Additional Proceedings on Grandparent Visitation Order

    || 13-Mar-2013

    A mother of a child born out of wedlock allowed her child's grandfather to have visitation with the child early on in his life. However, once the mother re-married she began to curtail the visits. Grandfather intervened and petitioned the Court for grandparent visitation. The trial court granted the visitation including overnight visitation and a summer family vacation. The appeals court ...
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  • IN Supreme Court Affirms What is Said in Mediation, Stays in Mediation

    || 20-Feb-2013

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  • For additional information on the upcoming modifications to the IPTG, please visit the following link:
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  • Ex-Husband Order to Pay Child Support for Children Conceived from Sperm Donor

    || 16-Jan-2013

    The following articles discusses a recent Court ruling wherein the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a trial court's order that the Ex-Husband of a woman pay child support for children conceived by a sperm donor during their marriage. According to the article, there is a dsipute between the parties as to whether or not Husband consented at the time of conception. The woman performed the ...
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  • Kim Kardashian - Baby on the Way But Still Married to Kris....

    || 10-Jan-2013

    Below is the link to an article outlining recent developments in Kim Kardashian's and Chris Humphries' divorce proceeding. Currently, based on the parties' respective legal positions, there is speculation that the hearing on the final dissolution may not occur until June 2013 – which is also very near Kim's due date. As many know, Kim is expecting a child with Kanye West. Kim ...
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  • Noncompliance with the Decree or Court Order

    || 3-Jan-2013

    In most, if not all family law cases, the finalization of the divorce/case does not mean that all matters related to the case have concluded. Rather, the entry of a Court Order finalizing the matter is only a Court decision (or approval of an agreement) as to how all matters related to the case will be handled. Each Court Order contains provisions which must then be enforced in order to effectuate ...
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  • Happy Holidays from H&Z !!!

    || 2-Jan-2013

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  • The Twelve Days of Divorce

    || 21-Dec-2012

    For a full-text version of the article, "Twelve Days of Divorce," please visit the following link:
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  • Lakers' Guard in Bizarre Custody Fight

    || 17-Dec-2012

    Steve Nash, a guard for the LA Lakers, is currently in litigation with his former Wife over her proposed relocation with the parties' children. The parties' divorce was reportedly finalized in Arizona in 2005. Since that time, the parties' three (3) children have resided primarily with their Mother in Arizona despite Nash's subsequent move to California to play with the Lakers. ...
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  • Supreme Court to Hear Two Cases Concerning Constitutionality of Gay Marriage

    || 12-Dec-2012

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  • How Much Will My Case Cost?!?!?!

    || 3-Dec-2012

    During many initial consultations with clients, one of the most frequently asked questions at the outset of a case is "how much will my case cost?" Unfortunately it is very difficult to determine an accurate estimation of the total cost to finalize any given case, as each set of facts in a family law case is unique and can change during the pendency of the divorce. This difficulty is due ...
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  • Considerations for the Approaching Holidays -

    || 15-Nov-2012

    Dealing with separation or divorce during the holidays can be a stark reminder of happier times. This is especially true for children. No matter how angry you may be with your spouse, he/she is the parent of your children. Respect that. Keep your children's best interests as the top priority. Do not speak negatively about your spouse or make kids feel "caught in the middle." Develop ...
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  • What to Expect: Modification of Custody

    || 29-Oct-2012

    In family law cases, there are times when one parent seeks a modification of the custodial arrangement. As with any family law issue, if the parties agree to the modification, they can enter into a formal agreement which outlines the terms of the modification and file the agreement with the Court for approval. Absent an agreement however, custody modifications can be difficult cases for the party ...
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  • What to Expect: Going to Court

    || 17-Oct-2012

    In family law cases, there are times when a settlement between the parties is not possible. Therefore, the parties must proceed to Court. In such circumstances, often the “fear of the unknown” is a major concern for clients. Most people do not have experience with court proceedings. In the event your case proceeds to a hearing, knowing what to expect (to the extent that is possible) in ...
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