Indianapolis Indiana Family Law Blog

Considerations for legal separation

Though couples may go through hard times, for some divorce is not the answer. In such cases, legal separation may be a viable option

For those contemplating this type of separation, it is important to understand all that it entails. Here are a few key things to consider about a legal separation.

Children need help to weather the effects of your divorce

The breakup of a family is difficult for everyone, especially the children. Each child may react to your divorce differently, depending on age and emotional makeup, and you must be prepared for everything from tears and anxiety to anger and withdrawal.

No matter how deeply you and the other parent are affected by the divorce, the children need your help, and their welfare must be your top priority.

Don't Give Up On Fatherhood

Once upon a time, you could count on the courts granting mothers preferential treatment in custody battles. But this is no longer the case. Increasingly, in Indiana and elsewhere, fathers have more influence and more say in the upbringing of their children. They certainly have rights in the divorce process that should not be overlooked. This is a change that in part reflects fathers' changing role in America in general.

Dads are more involved

How does college affect child support payments?

After a divorce, the non-custodial parent must pay the custodial parent child care payments for a set amount of time. Under Indiana law, the non-custodial parent must continue payments until the child is nineteen years old, is no longer under parental care, joins the military, gets married or dies.

You may be wondering about college. Your child can probably not afford college expenses on their own, and there is a good chance that the custodial parent may not be able to afford college payments on their own either. How will your child pay for their last few years of school if they stop receiving payments at the age of nineteen?


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