If you believe that it is time to get divorced, you likely have a lot on your mind. Many people wish their marriage would just magically be over so they can move forward with their post-marriage life. Unfortunately, the divorce process in Indiana is not that simple, and you must comply with the law and procedures to legally end your marriage. While the divorce process can be complicated, you can make it easier by seeking help from the experienced Merrillville divorce lawyers at Arshad, Pangere & Warring, LLP. Our firm has been representing clients in divorce cases and other family law matters for many years. We are committed to protecting the rights and best interests of our clients. Contact our legal team to schedule a consultation and learn how we may be able to assist you.
Indiana law governs all divorces in the state, and in order to file for divorce, you and/or your spouse must live in the state for at least six months prior to filing. One of you must file a petition for divorce with the court in the county where at least one spouse has lived for a minimum of 90 days prior to the filing.
Indiana courts, like most states, now offer no-fault grounds for divorce, which means there is no need to prove marital misconduct to end your marriage. Fault-based grounds for divorce are still an option in Indiana in some very limited circumstances, but the vast majority of petitions for dissolution of marriage will state that there has been “an irretrievable breakdown” in the marriage as the reason for divorce.
Divorce requires you and your spouse to resolve several legal matters, and the following are some issues that skilled Merrillville divorce lawyers can help you address:
Once those issues are resolved, the court can grant your divorce as soon as 60 days after the petition is filed. However, if you and your former spouse are not able to agree on some or all of these issues, negotiations and court hearings could make the process take much longer.
The bulk of a divorce case focuses on resolving the legal issues above, such as determining how you will divide your shared property, child custody and support arrangements, and other issues relevant to your situation. Divorce cases can take different paths when it comes to resolving necessary issues.
Uncontested divorce – Some spouses are able to cooperate in order to speed up the divorce process and minimize complications by agreeing on how to resolve all relevant issues from the start. They can then file an uncontested divorce, which only requires the court to approve their agreement. Having legal representation in an uncontested divorce is still important to ensure the terms you agree to are fair.
Negotiation or mediation – If you cannot agree on one or more issues, our Merrillville divorce lawyers can help to negotiate the matter or represent you during mediation. Reaching an out-of-court resolution is generally preferable, as it saves time and money.
Litigation – If your spouse refuses to agree to a reasonable agreement, you might need to take the matter to court. We will represent your interests at trial, and the judge will determine how the matters are settled.
Arshad, Pangere & Warring, LLP, helps clients resolve divorce cases in the most favorable manner possible, whether the case requires litigation or not. Contact us to discuss your situation with our trusted Merrillville divorce lawyers.
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