GENERAL PRACTICE

APPEALS

After the trial court issues an order, each party has the right to file an appeal. During a family law appeal, the Indiana Court of Appeals reviews your case to determine whether an Indiana trial court has properly followed the Indiana code. If you have received an adverse ruling from a trial court, we may be able to help. We have experienced Indiana appellate attorneys who can help you identify the key legal issues to be addressed in your appeal and help you determine how best to vigorously pursue them.

The appeal process can be lengthy so working with compassionate and experienced lawyers will make the process a little bit easier. Throughout the entire process, we will keep you informed of our progress. As in all our family law and divorce practice, we will answer your questions and address your concerns at any time.

ESTATE PLANNING

Leaving behind the legacy you want is important. We can help you prepare your will so you have peace of mind your wishes are upheld. In the state of Indiana, if you die without a will, you die “intestate” and the laws of the state will determine who receives your assets. A will ensures that your assets are distributed based on your wishes and not the laws of the state. A will can also provide that your assets are placed into a trust for your beneficiaries and can designate your preferred guardian for your children.

Everyone should have a will prepared, wills are useful for parents because they can establish trusts for minor beneficiaries and name preferred guardians. Having a power of attorney established is useful for anyone who has a concern about being incapacitated because they allow for a trusted love one to manage your finances and other decision-making in the event you are unable to do so without the need for costly guardianship litigation. A living will allows you an opportunity to decide if you want to receive life support in the event a situation arises requiring such a decision to be made. In sum, almost everyone benefits in at least one way from having their will and related documents prepared.

MEDIATION

Our experienced and highly trained mediators help you create agreements that work for you and your family without the need to go to court. We work with you to explore options, help you obtain the information you need to reach agreements, and keep you in control of your family’s future. As experienced family law litigators in Central Indiana, our family law mediators know what it means to be placed at the mercy of the court system; let them assist you in avoiding the time, expense, and heartache that inevitably results from a trial.

You do not need an attorney to participate in family law mediation. If you are involved in a family law case and have decided not to hire an attorney of your own, the family law mediators at Cairns Law can still mediate your case. It’s important to keep in mind that mediators cannot provide legal advice, but they can assist both parties in resolving the case.

Family or divorce mediation is a process where you and the opposing party try to work out your dispute without going to court. If successful, the process results in a signed agreement that is filed with the court and enforceable. Generally speaking, mediation is far less expensive than litigation. The process is confidential and scheduled at your convenience.

For child-related issues, it is generally helpful to brainstorm prior to mediation about the details of any parenting agreement that may be worked out at mediation. This goes far beyond specific parenting time orders. Some other topics to think about prior to mediation include accommodating time spent with extended family, religious upbringing, sharing of clothing and personal belongings, and responsibility for expenses such as school books, school lunches, etc.

We can help you think through and discuss options in a productive way without the need for litigation. Let us help you work through the topics important to you and help you and your family make sound decisions. 

PARENTING COORDINATION 

Parenting Coordination is a process where a trained facilitator gives parents additional assistance in their efforts to co-parent. The purpose of parenting coordination is to help parents work through their differences and make joint decisions for the child. 

The goals of the Parenting Coordinator can vary from case to case, but some common goals are:

  1. Determine how to follow the court-ordered parenting time schedule;
  2. Make temporary changes to the parenting time schedule when needed;
  3. Resolve and reduce conflicts over-parenting;
  4. Have meaningful and healthy parent-child relationships;
  5. Learn the skills needed to engage in collaborative parenting; and
  6. Decrease constant litigation.

In order to hire a Parenting Coordinator, an order of the court is generally required. The order will determine the ultimate authority of the Parenting Coordinator but could include the following:

  • Helping the parents follow the court-ordered parenting schedule
  • Assisting with establishing daily routines, including transportation
  • Choosing medical care providers and dealing with medical diagnoses
  • Determination of appropriate extracurricular activities for the children
  • Appropriate discipline the children
  • Working on the best means for communication of the parties

We offer Parenting Coordination services in Marion County and the surrounding counties, including Hamilton, Johnson, Hancock, Hendricks, and Boone counties. Keep in mind that you can hire a parenting coordinator even if you do not have an attorney. A parenting coordinator does not offer legal advice or take the side of one parent. It’s also important to remember that Parenting Coordinators are not therapists, mediators, Guardian ad Litems, judges, or custody evaluators.