Providing Compassionate, Caring and Experienced Counsel
Our family law team provides comprehensive legal services to individuals and families with diverse needs. Divorce and other family issues can have an emotional impact on all parties involved, including children. During this difficult time, the divorce and family law team at Lewis Wagner is available to help each client through the legal maze of divorce, custody and child support laws.
Our team is committed to understanding each client’s unique needs, responding to all inquiries throughout the representation process promptly and with genuine concern. We keep each client well informed of any actions or work done on that client’s behalf. We also understand how to assess the value of a business and marital assets so that they, in accordance with the Indiana statutes, are properly considered in property settlement or at trial.
Divorce, child custody, parenting time, and child or spousal support issues are the more common areas of practice; Lewis Wagner offers representation across a full range of family law matters including:
- Child custody and parenting time
- Child support
- Domestic partnerships
- Grandparent visitation
- High asset and complex divorce
- Marital estate analysis and property distribution
- Modifications in custody, parenting time, and child support
- Post dissolution issues
- Prenuptial agreements
- Protective orders
- Spousal maintenance
- Support issues
- Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA)
An alternative to an adversarial divorce is Collaborative Law. Our family law team is trained in the Collaborative Law process. This process helps the parties try to resolve each other’s concerns for financial security, the welfare and care of the children, and their attitudes for parenting together of the children, all of which is discussed together and worked through as a team until the agreement of settlement is forged and with much more civility then you find through the judicial system. If and when it is deemed necessary, the services of a mental health professional, financial planner, tax consultant or evaluator may be called upon to address the group or to fine tune an issue in which the parties feel the need for more information and understanding. This is all done under a signed commitment of mutual respect, civility and resolve. The parties and their attorneys collaborate in good faith to represent the legitimate needs of both parties, scheduling meetings as they are deemed necessary by the foursome, with assignments of homework and actions to be taken prior to the next meeting so that the parties can move as quickly as they like to complete resolution of the divorce process.
The parties from the onset pledge not to go to Court, nor does either party threaten to do so. However, if either party decides, at some point, that they wish to take their issues to the Court, the Collaborative Law process terminates immediately, and then each party’s attorney is disqualified from any further involvement in the case, forcing each party to resume the process by hiring a new attorney to pursue the divorce within the litigious adversarial process.
- The parties are in charge of all decisions
- The parties will determine the final decisions
- You will not go to Court
- You will not have to accept rulings from judicial officers, who do not know you or your specific needs
- It is a means for two (2) parties to maneuver through the dissolution process with a feeling of control, calmness and respect
This is a choice, not for everyone, but if you would like to learn more, please contact our family law professionals.