Harden Jackson, LLC is dedicated to serving clients in Indianapolis as well as its surrounding cities. Attorneys at Harden Jackson bring experience both in alternative dispute resolution as well as litigation in family law. Among other areas, the firm focuses on: divorce, custody, child support, property division, paternity, post-divorce modifications, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, simple wills, adoption, surrogacy, and other areas of assisted reproductive technology law. The following is an overview of some of these practice areas.
Divorce: Like other laws, divorce laws vary by state. In Indiana, for example, divorce is commonly referred to as “marital dissolution” or “dissolution of marriage.” Indiana is considered a “no fault” state, meaning that the court generally does not consider the reason for the marital dissolution in its decision-making process. Exceptions to this rule include certain felonies, mental conditions, and other select extenuating circumstances. A marital dissolution in the state of Indiana is only final once the court issues the decree.
Child custody: The court considers the best interests of the child as the primary standard when determining his or her custody arrangements. This standard is comprised of a number of factors, including (but not limited to) the child’s wishes, the child’s age and gender, and the mental and physical health of all parties involved in the case. Based on these and other factors, a court can determine which type of custody (if any) will be assigned to each parent.
Adoption: Legal issues surrounding adoption are multi-fold; adoption can be domestic or international, and can take place oftentimes with or without an agency. Adoptions can also take place among family members. Each of these options and combinations brings forth different legal situations, and attorneys may represent all parties throughout the adoption process.
Surrogacy and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART): Gestational carriers (surrogates) and assisted reproductive technology mark innovations in the ability to bring children into the world. As with most technological innovations- especially those involving human life- the law has become caught up in these efforts. Whether in the form of contracts between a gestational carrier and intended parents, or securing testamentary rights for a child born through ART, our attorneys can help you navigate these processes.
Collaborative Law: Collaborative law efforts allow for resolution of a dispute without intervention by a court. This process allows for both parties and their attorneys to be present to discuss issues with the goal of settlement. Utilizing this technique (thereby avoiding going to court) provides for more privacy in regards to the clients’ personal affairs, as well as increased control over the decision-making process. Our trained collaborative law professionals can work with you to resolve your dispute.
The office of Harden Jackson, LLC is located just north of Indianapolis. If you have questions about your situation and your legal rights, please feel free to contact us for an initial consultation.