If you or a loved one is facing a divorce, you need a trusted, compassionate divorce attorney to help you navigate the daunting process and fight to protect your assets and your rights.
The divorce process can be long and grueling. Don’t bear it alone. The attorneys at Jones Law Office will walk with you through every step of the process and work tirelessly to protect your financial security and parental rights. We will strive to remove the burden and stress that is often associated with divorce.
In Indiana, there are many options when it comes to divorce. Understanding the options available will enable you to choose the best path forward for you.
At Jones Law Office, we provide representation for ALL types of divorces including the following:
• Uncontested Divorce
• Collaborative Divorce
• Litigated Divorce
An uncontested divorce is a great option when spouses are in agreement about getting a divorce and dividing up assets and debts. This type of divorce is a worthy solution if you and your spouse have been able to come to a mutual agreement regarding division of property and custody and parenting time with children. Uncontested divorces can be resolved quickly and cost effectively.
Collaborative divorce is a specialized divorce process. There is an agreement to avoid litigation and it is controlled by the parties and their attorneys. Ultimately collaboration helps resolve the divorce case in a more efficient, and less emotionally and physically draining manner.
Litigation is when your attorney files a petition for divorce and takes it through procedural steps for litigation which may include numerous hearings and possibly a trial. Typically each spouse will hire their own attorney which will file a case with the Court. This filing occurs before any agreements are reached. Although this can be the most time intensive type of divorce, at times this is the best path forward. The attorneys at Jones Law Office can help you with this type of divorce and will walk you through this tough time. We will fight to provide the maximum protections and benefits for you every step of the way.
Legal Separation may be an option to consider.
There are times when more time is needed to discern if divorce is the right path forward for you. In these situations, legal separation may be the best option. Legal separation is also helpful if you cannot get a divorce due to health insurance, tax, or religious purposes. It is important to note that in Indiana legal separation is only valid for up to one year and may include court mandated counseling, as well as orders regarding child support and custody.
Indiana Divorce Process
In the state of Indiana, the divorce process has 12 steps, some or all may be utilized.
2. Petition for Dissolution of Marriage (filing for divorce)
3. Notice / Service
4. Waiting Period
5. Provisional Hearing
9. Settlement Agreements
10. Final Hearing
11. Decree of Dissolution
These steps typically occur in the order shown above, however every case is unique and can contain a different sequence.
Filing for divorce or getting divorced does not require an attorney, however it is best to have an attorney on your side, especially if the divorce may be contentious or children or significant assets are involved. The attorneys at Jones Law Office are very knowledgeable about the Indiana Divorce process and will work tirelessly to help you get everything you are entitled to under Indiana Divorce Laws.
Requirements to File for Divorce in Indiana
To file for a divorce in Indiana, there is no requirement to prove infidelity or a fault of the other spouse. A divorce can be filed for the irretrievable breakdown of marriage, felony conviction of the other spouse after marriage, impotence that existed before marriage, or incurable insanity of one spouse that has lasted at least 2 years. Additionally, to file for divorce in Indiana, at least one spouse must fulfill certain residency requirements.
If you are served with divorce papers, our attorneys can help your voice be heard in the process.
No matter the case, Jones Law Office can help you through this extremely difficult time and will fight to protect your interests and your rights.
Need Help with Divorce?
Call Jones Law Office at (574) 239-7017 or fill out the form to schedule a free case evaluation today.