Ending a Marriage in Indiana
Indiana is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that a marriage may be dissolved even if the spouse seeking a divorce does not establish any reason or assign blame for the break up of the marriage.
Indiana Requirements for Dissolution of Marriage
In order to file a petition for dissolution of marriage in Indiana, one spouse must be a resident of Indiana for at least six months prior to filing and must be a resident of the county where the petition is filed for at least 90 days.
Indiana requires a waiting period of 60 days after filing a petition for dissolution before a divorce can be finalized.
If the divorce is uncontested, meaning that both spouses agree on all of the terms of the divorce, then the divorce may be granted immediately after the waiting period expires.
In contested divorce cases, however, where both spouses agree on a few, if any, terms of the divorce, the process can take months or a year or more.
Hiring an experienced Indiana divorce attorney to negotiate for your interests goes a long way in avoiding unnecessary conflict with your spouse and streamlining the legal process of divorce.
In a dissolution of marriage, the terms that may be subject to dispute are almost limitless and may include:
- Child custody and parenting plans
- Determining or modifying child support
- Division of marital property
- Division of debts
- Spousal support (alimony)
All of the contested terms must be negotiated until both parties can reach an agreement that they find fair and reasonable. Understandably, this can be an arduous and emotionally draining process for anyone.
The good news is that even the most contested divorces can be settled outside of the courtroom. Our knowledgeable and skilled family law attorneys can help keep the conflict to a minimum and negotiate a dissolution of marriage settlement that is in your (and your children’s) best interests.
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