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How is credit card debt handled in divorce?

Are you headed for divorce in Indiana? This is a difficult process to go through no matter how long you've been married. If there is debt involved in your marriage, you will definitely want to know ahead of time how this will be divided. So, how is credit card debt handled in divorce?

The most important thing you need to take a look at with credit card debt is the names on the accounts. If both your name and your spouse's name are on the account as co-signers, then both parties will be responsible for the debt incurred during the marriage. If only one person is named as a signer on the card and the spouse is just an authorized user, the only person who will be held responsible for the debt will be the signer.

Tips for modifying child support in Indiana

Coming to an agreement for child support can be a difficult task no matter how much you might be on the same page with the other parent. This is an emotional topic that can bring out the worst in people, especially since it typically involves the discussion of child custody as well. Here are some tips for modifying child support in Indiana.

One of the most important tips here is to act quickly if you cannot make child support payments. You don't want to get too far behind on payments before making filing for a modification. If your situation has changed, file for a modification as soon as you know you won't be able to make the current payments.

Explaining virtual visitation for child custody cases

A popular part of child custody cases that continues to be a major factor is virtual visitation. Virtual visitation has been around for quite some time, but it has really taken off over the past decade-plus with the invention of video conferencing software. This software can be found on computers, tablets and mobile phones.

For the most part, if you want virtual visitation as part of the child custody agreement, it will need to be added as a section or a clause. Putting this option into the agreement can make it easier for one of the parents to come to terms with the other for what is being asked.

Thousands of workers in Indiana vulnerable to discrimination

A report from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law claims that roughly 133,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers in the state of Indiana are at risk for employment discrimination due to their gender identity or sexual orientation. The report said that just 36 percent of the workforce in Indiana is protected by the state's executive orders or nondiscrimination laws.

In a release from the authors of the report, it has been recommended that a law be created that covers the entire state of Indiana regarding discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The authors believe that a statewide law would help protect all the workers in the state, not just a group of workers.

Is your spouse hiding assets?

You don't know with absolute certainty what assets your spouse has. What you do know, as you work through your divorce, is that you thought the totals were higher than they appear. You're shocked by just how little he or she says that you're going to get.

Is your spouse hiding assets? It's important to know that people often do this, especially in high-asset divorce cases where only one spouse has been managing the finances during the marriage.

Dealing with back child support in Indiana

Being divorced is not always easy, especially when there are children involved. It's likely that your children went through a stressful time when you and your former spouse got divorced. Now, you are experiencing more stress due to the lack of child support payments. Here's how you can deal with back child support in Indiana.

It is in your best interest to work with a family law attorney if you are not receiving the child support payments agreed upon at the time of your divorce. An attorney will be able to work with you in filing for back payments and filing all the legal documents necessary.

What to include in your prenuptial agreement

Getting married means you are planning for one of the biggest days of your life. The planning is immense. It's so immense that you might miss something. A common item many engaged couples miss is the creation of a prenuptial agreement. Here's what you should include in such a document.

One of the most important things you should include in a prenuptial agreement is a clause that defines marital property. This clause will help explain what items purchased or acquired during the marriage become marital property. This can include items that are acquired individually if you so choose.

More than 400 parents to receive child support from state

More than 400 parents are set to receive some amount of child support from the state of Nebraska, according to a report from the Omaha World-Herald. The state is issuing $250,292 in child support to the parents. The offer of money will come from the state Department of Health and Human Services. Letters will be sent out to the parents who are set to receive the money.

According to an official from the department, the money belongs to parents who had their payments collected while their children were in the custody of the state. The funds were originally supposed to help pay for the care of those children while with the state and excess money was to be sent to the parents named as recipients of the child support.

What is parenting time interference in Indiana?

When a couple with children gets divorced, a parenting agreement is created to make the custody arrangement as easy as possible on all parties involved. The agreement is made when the parents share custody of their children. The agreement can be informal, but should be approved by a court in order to enforce them if issues arise. When the agreement is not followed, either maliciously or by mistake, it can be interpreted as parenting time interference.

A common form of parental time interference is known as indirect interference. This can occur in quite a few different ways, which include the following:

How to handle common co-parenting problems

No one ever said co-parenting would be easy. In fact, it can be one of the most difficult things to face in life. Whether you are in the situation because of divorce or another factor, you will want to handle issues that arise with respect and dignity for the benefit of your child. Here are some tips for handling common co-parenting issues in Indiana.

One of the most common problems is that one of the parents in this situation continually breaks agreements. If there are written agreements in place that outline what is to happen when your child is with the other parent, they must be followed. If the other parent continues to break these rules, it must be dealt with immediately. Discuss with the other parent that they must follow the rules in place. If they feel they are too strict, you can meet to discuss a new agreement. If neither of these options work, it's best to get your family law attorney involved in the discussion.