Rule Of Right, Not Might
Divorce & Legal Separation Attorneys Serving Northwest Indiana
Relationships can be difficult to maintain, and that is perhaps especially true when it comes to married couples. There is a lot of stress that couples live with day in and day out, and sometimes that stress builds up to be just a little bit too much to handle as a couple. When that happens, there are a few legal options to consider. Sometimes, married couples just need a break from each other to figure out exactly what the issue is and whether or not they want to remain married to each other. Other times, they are certain that the marriage is not able to be saved and would simply like to move on with their lives.
Whether you are ready for a divorce or are still hoping for reconciliation sometime in the future, there are legal options available in Indiana that can help you throughout the process. At Funk & Wendlinger, LLC, we are happy to help you through the difficult divorce and legal separation processes. We understand that you are having a difficult time – that’s why we will work hard so that you do not have to worry about anything.
When couples get married, they essentially operate as a single unit. Their debts are typically shared, and even things like cars and mortgages might be in the names of both partners. A divorce is a legal and permanent separation of those two individuals in the eyes of the law. That means that their funds will no longer be pooled, for example, and that they will have to divide property or any other belongings that were jointly acquired. A divorce is essentially ending a marriage legally and allowing the former spouses to move on with their lives. They can remarry in the future and basically attempt to live their lives as the marriage never happened in the first place, should they so desire.
This is often the option of choice when it comes to extremely dysfunctional relationships where there are simply too many differences to reconcile. Divorce is not an instant solution, but rather is a process that takes time – especially if children or spousal maintenance are involved. Depending upon the circumstances of your divorce, an experienced attorney from Funk & Wendlinger, LLC, could really help ensure that your family law case is in order and that everything proceeds as effectively and quickly as possible.
What is a legal separation?
Legal separation is a solution to marital problems that enables the married couple to decide to live separately while determining whether or not they would like to divorce or to stay married. Note that this does not end a marriage on its own. Legal separation serves a different function from divorce, and while it can serve as the first step to divorce, it does not always mean that the couple in question will end up divorced.
Note that, in Indiana, it is possible to obtain a divorce without a legal separation. With that said, sometimes a legal separation is useful in helping the courts decide whether or not an “irretrievable breakdown” in the marriage has occurred (and thus move the divorce along faster). To obtain a legal separation, you and your spouse must file a motion with the court system and obtain a legal separation decree. This is a document that lists all of the various terms and conditions of the separation, including things like child custody, child support and visitation, if applicable.
Do I need a lawyer for a divorce or legal separation?
The answer to this question largely depends upon your specific situation; however, in general, it should be noted that hiring an attorney to help with legal matters is generally a good thing. This is especially true if the legal separation is one that involves children, as there are a number of things that the court will be determining on their behalf. The custodial parent and any child support to be paid, for example, will be determined during the hearings for legal separations and divorces alike, which means that you should have the best representation possible in both instances to ensure that you receive the most desirable outcome possible.
If one of the parties in the divorce is seeking spousal maintenance, it is definitely a good idea to hire a lawyer to help ensure that the process is carried out fairly and effectively, without leaving either spouse in a bad situation.
Help For Legal Issues Affecting You And Your Family
Calling an attorney is not always easy. Many people who call an attorney for help are calling because something has gone wrong in their life and they need legal guidance. At Funk & Wendlinger, LLC, we understand that you are facing a difficult challenge, and we are here to help. We practice several areas of law that affect regular people and their families. Our major focus is on criminal defense and family law, but we also help people with estate planning issues, real estate and personal injury.
Criminal Cases Have Much At Stake
Perhaps no other area of law has higher stakes than criminal cases. Our goal is to make sure that you are treated fairly by the judicial system and to reach the best possible outcome for you. Funk & Wendlinger’s criminal law practice concentrates on the following areas:
- CDL & trucking violations
- Driver’s license suspension
- Drug offenses
- DUI/OWI and other traffic offenses
- Expungement/record clearing
- Juvenile crimes
Family Law Is About Protecting What Is Most Important
We also dedicate a large area of our practice to family law matters. These issues go beyond divorce, but all of them mean a major change for your family’s future. We can help you with:
- Child custody/parenting time
- Child support and enforcement
- Divorce & legal separation
- Domestic violence
- Pre- & postnuptial agreements
- Property division and alimony/spousal maintenance
Meeting Your Family’s Legal Needs
Funk & Wendlinger strives to meet all of your family’s legal needs. Although we spend the majority of our caseload on the above practice areas, we do handle other matters. We can help you and your family if you are dealing with a personal injury matter, need assistance creating an estate plan or need advice regarding a real estate issue.