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Our New Albany Divorce Lawyers Represent Family and Domestic Law Clients

The prospect of divorce scares just about everyone. Divorce is not fun, even though it may be necessary. But what makes it so terrifying is the unknown, all the unanswered questions that keep you awake at night. The divorce lawyers at Church, Langdon, Lopp, Banet Law can help.

Whether you’ve already decided it’s time to file for divorce or you just want the security of knowing your options, our New Albany divorce lawyers are here for you. We serve clients in both Indiana and Kentucky. Consult with us and we’ll tell you what to expect. We’ll give you the answers you need and then work with you to build the best plan to help you and your family get through this tumultuous time.

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Our Compassionate Divorce Attorney Will Guide You Through the Steps of a Divorce

A lot of decisions need to be made involving family, money, possessions, and who lives where, and scores of other big and small items must be settled in a relatively short time. Many can have long-lasting effects. To protect your interests and quality of life, it is important to choose a divorce lawyer who listens to you, understands your needs, can give you good options, then competently implements your decisions.

During initial consultations with a New Albany divorce attorney at Church, Langdon, Lopp, Banet Law, we can explain the process, answer your most urgent questions, and begin preparing you for the big decisions which await. And we do it with tact and diplomacy. For an initial consultation about your divorce situation, call a qualified New Albany divorce lawyer at (812) 725-8224.

In your first consultation, our divorce attorney can explain the process, answer your most urgent questions, and begin preparing you for the big decisions which await. And we do it with tact and diplomacy.

How Can Divorce Lawyers Help Me?

The time to retain the services of a divorce lawyer is when you’re seriously thinking about getting divorced. There are many issues that can be involved in a divorce proceeding, including child custody and support, spousal support, and the division of assets and debts. There can be emotional, social and tax consequences of how a divorce plays out. This all requires thought and planning. That’s where an experienced New Albany divorce attorney can help guide you through the process, answer all your questions, and explain your options. Divorce is already stressful enough without having to try to figure out a complicated legal system, too.

You should also hire a divorce lawyer if you’ve been served with a divorce filing by your spouse, to help you protect your rights and interests. Likewise, you should retain a divorce attorney before you marry so you and your future spouse can create a prenuptial agreement that could make a potential future divorce easier and less stressful.

Keys to Hiring a Divorce Lawyer in New Albany, Indiana

You should find a divorce lawyer with the experience and knowledge needed to fully protect your rights and interests. You don’t want to hire an attorney who will learn about divorce while working on yours. The vast majority of divorces are resolved through negotiation, so an attorney with good negotiating skills will be very helpful. You will be sharing very intimate details of your life with your divorce attorney, so you also need to find one you are comfortable talking to and can trust.

Ask a Potential Divorce Lawyer These Questions

There are many questions to ask a divorce lawyer you’re considering hiring, including…

  • How many divorce cases have you handled?
  • What have you learned while taking these cases?
  • How much do you charge for your services?
  • Do you specialize in divorce or family law, or do you practice in a number of areas?
  • Do you work on your cases or have another attorney in the firm do the work for you?
  • What makes you different from all the other attorneys in the area that represent clients in divorce cases?
  • Why should I trust you to represent me?

Things to Think About in Advance of Filing for Divorce in Indiana

Before taking any legal steps to file for divorce, there are several things to think about in advance. Below are some things to consider:

What Should I Do Before Filing for Divorce?

Think about the future life you want and what you need to do now to make it possible. Set up a post office mailbox and your own email account so your divorce attorney can confidentially mail or email you correspondence and material. Make copies of financial records, insurance policies, tax returns and documents concerning a spouse’s ownership of a business. You may need to refer to them in the divorce process, and it’s important to copy them while you have full access.

What Should I Do Before Telling My Spouse I Want a Divorce?

Tell him or her the truth about how you feel and what you plan on doing. Don’t make the situation worse by getting angry or laying blame. This is about starting a new life that both of you can benefit from.

How To Consider Children in the Divorce

Don’t play your children against your spouse, known as “parental alienation.” Unless you have genuine, legitimate concerns about your children’s welfare if your spouse is responsible for them, you should approach child custody as the two of you sharing responsibilities and time with them. Children may think that they’re to blame for your divorce. Make it clear to them that’s not the case, that the two of you love them, and that you will still be important parts of their lives.

Divorce Alternatives

In Indiana you can file for a legal separation. While a divorce ends your marriage, a legal separation does not. A judge can issue orders like those in a divorce case concerning division of property and debts, child custody and support. A legal separation can last up to a year. For an initial consultation about your divorce situation, call an experienced New Albany divorce lawyer at (812) 725-8224.

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Divorce Attorneys Can Make the Process Easier in the Future

Once a divorce is granted, that’s not necessarily the end of things. As circumstances change, we continue to provide families with follow-up legal help if modification of custody, support, or visitation is needed. Our divorce lawyers in New Albany help clients in many other family law matters, including those wishing to adopt by succeeding through private, agency, or international adoption.

Regardless of your needs, we can fashion our boutique of family law services to effectively serve you in Indiana and Kentucky. You are invited to discuss your family law concerns confidentially during a consultation.

Factors to Consider During a Divorce

You need to think about your current situation and the life you would like to have after a divorce. Emotions are running high, but this is a time to calmly think through what you will need in the future. To the best of your ability, set aside some time to take a clear-eyed look at the following factors. Our divorce lawyers will ask you about the aspects of your family and financial life that may be impacted by your divorce so you can make the best decisions for you going forward. Let our extensive experience work to your benefit.

Questions to consider include:

  • What assets and debts could be yours?

    Marital assets are often divided, but some assets that you brought into the marriage can remain yours. Also, pay attention to any credit cards and loans that are in both your name and your spouse’s name – these debts belong to both of you regardless of who keeps the items purchased unless a divorce agreement articulates otherwise. There are additional issues at play if yours is a high-asset divorce. These are all things you will want to discuss with your divorce attorney.

  • If you have children, what role do you want in their lives after the divorce?

    Do you want to share custody, or are you planning to pursue sole custody? What kind of visitation arrangements would work for you and your estranged spouse? Where will the children go to school, and who will manage pick-up and drop-off duties? All of these issues will play into the quality of your interactions with your children going forward.

  • Have you made professional sacrifices for your spouse or to raise your kids?

    Did you give up a promising career to stay at home and raise children for several years? Have you passed up promotions so that you didn’t have to travel for work and could be at home with your family on evenings and weekends? Did you work a lot of overtime hours to help put your spouse through college or graduate school so that your spouse could get better jobs and advance his or her career? All of these could represent professional sacrifices you’ve made for the good of the marriage and family.

  • If so, what would it take financially to get education and training to allow you to get a good job so you can support yourself?

    If you’ve been out of the workforce for some time, you may need computer training, resume assistance, career counseling and even college coursework to catch up and land a meaningful job. All of these things cost money, and they take time. You will want to ask for these things as part of a divorce agreement.

Divorce Attorneys Can Make the Process Easier In the Future

Going through a divorce can be an emotional and stressful experience, and it is made worse by complicated legal matters. Don’t try to walk through it alone. The experienced and compassionate divorce lawyers at Church, Langdon, Lopp, Banet Law will stand beside you and be your advocate as you move through this experience. We are aggressive but also caring, knowing that we are fighting for your future well-being and that of your family.

If you are looking for a skilled divorce lawyer, contact Church, Langdon, Lopp, Banet Law today at (812) 725-8224 for an initial consultation. We are here for you.

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Our Divorce Lawyers Are Family Law Specialists

Family law isn’t always full of fear and angst. There’s another side of the coin. We feel privileged to help with adoptions, represent mothers in receiving child support, and work with couples who negotiate mutually agreeable settlements, allowing them to positively move to the next stage of their lives. Divorce, like everything else in life, is what you make of it.

The family law aspects we help our clients with include:

Understanding the Divorce Process

The prospect of divorce scares just about everyone. Divorce is not fun, even though it may be necessary. But what makes it so terrifying is the unknown, all the unanswered questions that keep you awake at night. The divorce lawyers at Church, Langdon, Lopp, Banet Law can help.

Our New Albany divorce lawyers serve clients in Indiana and Kentucky. When you schedule an initial consultation with us, we can tell you what to expect based on your circumstances, and we will explain your rights to you. Whether you are ready to file for divorce or you were served with a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, we are ready to help you.

Taking the First Step in the Divorce Process

In Indiana the process starts with the filing of a “petition for dissolution of marriage.” It contains the grounds for the divorce and the relief sought.

Relief covers the divorce itself and related issues such as what happens to the marital house; child custody and visitation rights; who pays for health insurance; and spousal support/alimony.

The other spouse can file a response that also declares grounds for the divorce and requests relief. If no response is filed or your spouse can’t be found, the court will enter a judgment for divorce by default. This should result in the petitioning spouse getting whatever he or she sought in the divorce complaint.

Contested And Uncontested Divorces—Negotiation, Mediation, Or Litigation

In an uncontested divorce, a couple agrees on all terms and conditions of the divorce. Contested divorces are just the opposite — there are disputes over issues such as custody, finances, or property division. But many couples with differences want to resolve them amicably, without a courtroom battle. In such cases, we help with negotiated or mediated settlements.

But then there’s that one-in-four case destined for the courtroom, when there’s so much conflict that only a family court judge can resolve the situation. Experienced trial lawyers on your New Albany legal team deliver the support and expertise you need during litigation. Whatever method of dissolution serves your purpose, our Floyd County divorce lawyers protect your parental and spousal rights and work for the most favorable outcome.

Where to File for Divorce in IN or KY

You need to be a resident of Indiana or Kentucky for at least six months in your respective state before you can file for a divorce, which would be with the clerk of the court’s office in your county.

Life-Changing Decisions Involved with a Divorce

Our Divorce Lawyers Will Guide You Through Each Important Decision

Once you decide to file for divorce – or your spouse filed and served you with divorce papers – you are on the brink of some life-changing decisions and changes. Sometimes, this can be scary and tumultuous. Other times, you and your spouse decide you can no longer live together but are still friends. Either way, you will both have some major decisions to make, especially if you have children and property.

Planning for Your Children’s Future in Your Divorce Process

A divorce lawyer in New Albany, Indiana, can help you make the decisions that are in the best interests of your children. Whether you need joint child custody or your spouse has issues and you believe that sole custody is best for your children, we can help you sort out those and other custody issues.

Of course, the best thing for children is to spend as much time as possible with both parents; but in some cases, such as when a spouse is physically abusive or has substance abuse problems, that is not always advisable. We’ll help you with the best visitation and custody schedules based on your individual situation.

Shared custody can take many forms, depending on the parents’ work schedules. Some people like 50/50, while others prefer the more traditional visitation of every other weekend, a weeknight overnight, and every other holiday.

Equitable Distribution of Assets and Liabilities in a Divorce

Indiana and Kentucky are equitable distribution states. This means that the courts look at several factors in dividing property, including but not limited to the amount of property each spouse brought into the marriage, the earning capacity of each spouse, and whether one or both spouses have retirement accounts.

An attorney for divorce can help you come to a fair and reasonable equitable distribution of your assets. Equitable distribution rarely means that each spouse gets half. If both spouses are financially equal – they both make about the same money, neither has an inheritance, neither receives spousal support or other factors — then the division of property will be equal.

If one spouse makes more than the other, the spouse making less will often get a higher percentage of the assets. In most cases, if an asset has an attached liability, the spouse that is awarded the asset is also awarded the liability.

If you want to keep a specific asset, let your divorce lawyers in Indiana know so that they can try to work that into a fair and equitable distribution schedule.

Our Divorce Lawyer in New Albany Helps with Child Support

You might hear your friends complaining about child support – and that it is too high. In Indiana and Kentucky, the statutes dictate how much child support each parent pays. You can find the Indiana Child Support Guidelines and the Kentucky Child Support Guidelines in the statutes. They both use a formula based on the parents’ income to determine how much each parent pays.

If both parents make $100,000 per year, they will pay an equal amount of support. The support is paid to the parent who has the bulk of time-sharing. The guidelines take into account the number over overnights each parent has the minor children, so if you are a parent that makes more than the other and you have the children an equal number of nights, the guidelines will take this into consideration so that the division of support is fair.

Spousal Support

Indiana and Kentucky allow for either spouse to collect spousal support from a spouse that is better off financially. Neither state has a formula for figuring spousal support.

Indiana Spousal Maintenance and Support

In Indiana, the amount of spousal support is at the discretion of the court. The court looks at several factors, including:

  • The physical and mental capacity of each spouse
  • The amount of property each spouse owns separately and the spouse’s portion of marital property
  • Whether a minor child has physical or mental incapacities and which spouse has physical custody
  • The educational level of each spouse
  • Whether either spouse interrupted training, education or employment to take care of the family
  • Each spouse’s earning capacity
  • The expense and time for each spouse to obtain sufficient training or education to find appropriate employment.

Our divorce attorneys will go over your financial situation along with your spouse’s financial status, to determine if either spouse qualifies for spousal maintenance.

Kentucky Spousal Maintenance and Support

Kentucky does not have a statute-mandated formula for determining spousal support. The amount paid by either spouse is at the discretion of the court. Kentucky divorce courts also look at several factors for determining support. In addition to the factors Indiana uses, Kentucky also looks at the following factors:

  • One spouse is not able to support himself or herself because of his or her current employment
  • The standard of living established during the marriage
  • The duration of the marriage
  • Each spouse’s age, physical condition emotional condition
  • The ability for the paying spouse to meet his or her own needs while meeting the needs of the receiving spouse.

Our divorce lawyers look at each spouse’s financial situation to determine whether either spouse might be entitled to collect spousal support.

Grandparents’ Rights

Over the past decades, a movement advocating grandparents’ rights has gained traction. Today, in many states, grandparents can win visitation and even custody of their grandchildren – when circumstances warrant and it is in the best interests of the child.

But laws governing grandparent rights vary from state to state:

Indiana restricts grandparent visitation and requires that a parent be divorced, deceased, or that paternity be established for children born out of wedlock. When both parents are living and married to each other, the court does not hear requests for grandparent visitation.

Questions About Grandparents’ Rights?

If you are concerned about grandparents’ visitation rights, talk to our New Albany divorce lawyers. We can explain how visitation with grandparents will work in your case. To learn more about how a divorce could affect your rights, call a qualified New Albany divorce lawyer at (812) 347-4425.

Contact an Attorney for Divorce at Church, Langdon, Lopp, Banet

If you are ready to file for divorce or you have been served with divorce, contact an attorney for divorce at CLLB Law at (812) 725-8224 for an initial consultation. We will explain the divorce process and your rights and will help you through this tumultuous time.

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When Should You Consult a Divorce Lawyer?

It’s important to talk to a divorce attorney if you are thinking about getting divorced. There are many issues that can be involved in a divorce proceeding, including child custody and support, spousal support, and the division of assets and debts. There can be emotional, social and tax consequences of how a divorce plays out. This all requires thought and planning.

You should also hire a divorce attorney if you’ve been served with a divorce filing by your spouse, to help you protect your rights and interests.

You should also retain a divorce attorney before you marry so you and your future spouse can create a prenuptial agreement which could make a potential, future divorce easier and less stressful. For an initial consultation, call a New Albany divorce lawyer at (812) 725-8224.

Ask Our Attorney How Long Your Divorce Might Take

For an uncontested, no-fault divorce, you would need to wait at least sixty days after it’s filed before a judge will finalize the divorce. Temporary orders can be issued when the divorce is filed, but the actual divorce and final orders won’t be done until at least sixty days after the filing of the divorce.

A contested divorce, if it can’t be resolved through negotiations and goes through the trial process, along with potential appeals, could take years. For answers to questions about how long your specific divorce might take, call a qualified New Albany divorce lawyer at (812) 347-4425.

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