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Why do married couples use post-nuptial agreements?

Prenuptial agreements, as the name implies, happen before you get married. In fact, that's one of the key points when you draft one: It has to happen long enough before the wedding that it doesn't look like either party signed it in a rush or under duress.

However, couples also use post-nuptial agreements. These are very similar in nature, but they're drafted by couples who are already married. Why would they want to do this?

4 reasons that child support ends

If you are ordered to pay child support in your divorce, your first question may very well be how long you need to pay it. Is this something you have to work through for the next year, for the next decade or forever? You have to know what type of financial impact you're looking at.

With that in mind, let's take a look at four reasons that child support ends. You'll likely need to pay up until this point.

The real risk of parental child abduction: What you should know

Many parents worry about the risks of a kidnapping and may refuse to let their children play outside on their own in order to keep an eye on them. While caution is always wise, it is important to note that parental child abduction is more common than random kidnappings and that the greatest risks come from relatives and parents.

For instance, according to reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), there are roughly 200,000 family kidnappings annually. Experts claim that these types of abductions by family members are a top reason for missing child reports.

10 things parents say they needed to know before adopting

Adopting a child is an incredibly large step in your life, something that is going to change your life forever. You'll learn a lot along the way.

That said, doing some research in advance can help make the transition go smoothly. Here are a few things that parents say they learned during the process:

  1. Loss is part of that process, no matter how well it goes.
  2. It is very expensive, and it's important to set aside ample money in advance.
  3. If your adopted children do not look like you, people are going to ask -- even strangers.
  4. Support from friends and family members is crucial.
  5. This support is especially important when you bring the child home for the first time.
  6. It's important to respect and honor your child's heritage and background, especially if it is not the same as your own.
  7. It's a long-term commitment. Make sure you take the time to really think about what this means in your life before adopting.
  8. You need to get as much information as you can about the child's medical history since it is not the same as your own.
  9. Children will eventually become curious about their birth parents.
  10. Many people, even those who are close to you, do not fully understand the effort and emotion that goes into adoption.

Should you ask your children where they want to live?

You and your ex get shared custody in the divorce. You sit down to decide where the children should live and what schedule you should use.

As you talk it out, though, you can't help but feel like one important factor is missing. What do the children actually want? Should you ask them where they want to live?

How can you keep your business out of your divorce?

It can be frightening to go through a divorce as a business owner. You worry that you could lose your business or the assets you need to make it run.

The best thing you can do to protect your business is to have a prenuptial agreement in place before you get married or get a postnuptial agreement after you get married. These agreements give you a chance to ask your spouse to legally say that the business assets go to you alone in a divorce. You can split up what you own as a couple, but not the company.

Why are divorce rates lower for millennials?

Divorce rates have been dropping, studies have found. Millennials just do not split up as much as older generations. The rate has fallen off by close to 18 percent in recent years.

Why is this happening? Experts have a number of theories, though every marriage is unique.

Can you protect your children when your ex is dangerous?

You worry that your ex is dangerous for your children to be around. You do not want them going to his or her house. You want full custody. You want to do everything in your power to protect them.

The first thing you should know is that courts do take this seriously. Bring up your concerns during the divorce. Even if the divorce already happened and the ruling gave your ex custody rights -- perhaps you didn't worry about the danger then, but things have changed in the years since the divorce -- you can go back to court. Instead of acting on your own, get in front of a judge.

Does child support decrease when a child goes to college?

Child support obligations often end when the child turns 18 and becomes emancipated, meaning the child can support themselves. Since your ex is no longer supporting them, you no longer have to pay support either.

However, in some cases, a child who attends college is not considered self-supporting. College takes the place of work, but it does not come with an income or a living wage. The child may still live with your ex until he or she earns a degree and then becomes emancipated.

Can I modify my child custody or child support arrangements?

Your child custody and child support arrangements are not set in stone. In fact, if you, your child or your spouse has experienced a significant change in circumstances, an Indiana family law court may agree to modify your court orders to reflect your current situation and needs.

It's not uncommon for parents to request a modification relating to:

  • Child custody arrangements
  • Visitation schedules
  • Child support payments