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Family Law

Skilled Counsel for Divorce and Family Issues

Family law involves legal disputes or concerns that affect family and household relationships. This is a unique area of law with special legal standards that set it apart from other types of civil law.

I am attorney Lawrence C. Arany, and I have been certified as a family law specialist by the Indiana State Bar Association. Only about 60 lawyers in the entire state of Indiana have attained this certification. To discuss any family law concerns you may have, don't hesitate to contact me at my offices in Indianapolis.

Experienced in Many Areas of Family Law

I am prepared to help clients with a number of different family law issues under Indiana law. I have extensive experience pursuing fair, positive outcomes in cases involving the following areas of family law:

  • Divorce in Indiana: Our state has a relatively efficient system for helping people achieve fair resolutions to their divorce cases.
  • Property division: One important aspect of divorce is determining who gets which property and who is responsible for which debts.
  • Child custody and support: Issues involving the care and support of children are among the most important family law matters.
  • Family law modifications: Family law determinations concerning child custody and support can be modified when circumstances change.
  • Paternity: If the father of a child has not been formally recognized, a paternity action is the first step toward a child custody and/or support order.
  • Legal separation: If you are separated and not prepared to get divorced, it may be helpful to get issues involving your property and children settled.
  • Prenuptial agreements: Couples are increasingly interested in setting their own marriage terms in the case of future death or divorce. I can help.
  • Cohabitation: Indiana law gives rights to some cohabitating, unmarried couples. A settlement agreement is a way of defining these rights yourself.

Family law issues can be stressful, but an experienced lawyer can alleviate much of that stress by carefully guiding you through the process and helping you make informed decisions. Contact us with your family law questions today.

10 Tips To Protect Children From Trauma Of Divorce

In a booklet entitled "Stepping Back From Anger," the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers presented the following tips for divorcing parents to help protect their children from the trauma and emotional stress of a divorce:

  1. Never disparage your former spouse in front of your children. Because children know they are 'part Mom' and 'part Dad,' the criticism can batter a child's self-esteem.
  2. Do not use your children as messengers between you and your former spouse. The less the children feel a part of the battle between their parents, the better.
  3. Reassure your children that they are loved and that the divorce is not their fault.
  4. Unless your former spouse was a molester, encourage your children to spend time with him or her. Do everything you can to accommodate the visitation.
  5. At every step during your divorce, remind yourself that your children's interests, not your own, are paramount, and act accordingly.
  6. Resist the temptation to let your children act as your caretakers. Let your peers, adult family members and mental health professionals be your counselors and sounding boards.
  7. If you have a drinking or drug problem, get counseling right away. An impairment inhibits your ability to reassure your children and give them the attention that they need.
  8. If you are the non-custodial parent, pay your child support. The loss of income facing many children after divorce puts them at a disadvantage that has a pervasive effect on the rest of their lives.
  9. If you are the custodial parent and are not receiving child support, do not complain to your children. It feeds into their sense of abandonment and further erodes their stability.
  10. If at all possible, do not uproot your children. Stability in their residence and school life helps buffer children from trauma of their parents' divorce.

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